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 is an essential benchmark publication for advanced students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of politics, sociology, psychology and research methods.
Chapter 26: The Economic Vote: Ordinary vs. Extraordinary Times
The Economic Vote: Ordinary vs. Extraordinary Times
The literature on economic voting has grown large, reaching, by our rough estimate, 600 published pieces. The economy, we have learned, plays an important role, in election after election, in democracies around the world. Voters assess it in different ways: retrospectively or prospectively, egotropically or sociotropically. These assessments push them to reward or punish the government at the ballot box. Their electoral effect is consistently statistically significant and usually substantively significant. We begin this essay by briefly covering the nature, location, and weight of this classical economic voting in ordinary times, when the electoral calender ...