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 32: Economic Voting in a New Media Environment: Preliminary Evidence and Implications
Economic Voting in a New Media Environment: Preliminary Evidence and Implications
In this chapter we explore the implications of the new media environment for current and future research on the impact of media on economic perceptions. Although scholars have long studied mass media as a possible source of variation in people's perceptions of national economic change, recent developments in the media environment call for re-evaluating both the dominant theories and past findings. We begin by briefly sketching the origins of interest in this research question, then review what is known from past studies of media influence on economic perceptions. Next ...