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The study of voting behaviour remains a vibrant sub-discipline of political science. The Handbook of Electoral Behaviour is an authoritative and wide ranging survey of this dynamic field, drawing together a team of the world's leading scholars to provide a state-of-the-art review that sets the agenda for future study. Taking an interdisciplinary approach and focusing on a range of countries, the handbook is composed of eight parts. The first five cover the principal theoretical paradigms, establishing the state of the art in their conceptualisation and application, and followed by chapters on their specific challenges and innovative applications in contemporary voting studies. The remaining three parts explore elements of the voting process to understand their different effects on vote outcomes. The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour ...

Chapter 2: Institutions and Voter Choice: Who Chooses, What Do They Choose Over, and How Do They Choose

Institutions and Voter Choice: Who Chooses, What Do They Choose Over, and How Do They Choose
Institutions and Voter Choice: Who Chooses, What Do They Choose Over, and How Do They Choose
Shaun Bowler

One of the important sources of variation across democratic systems is the variation in institutional context. That variation in institutional context is important in helping to understand the workings of electoral democracy in a comparative sense. Indeed, in one sense what is being compared in comparative studies of voter behaviour are the institutional contexts of democratic practice. For that reason, institutions should be helpful in explaining variation in how citizens engage with the political process.

Elections are about choice. They are about citizens choosing, from the bottom up, ...

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