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.


Robert Johns

When a research literature evolves to a point where … observational studies … generate contested causal claims and when potential problems such as two-way causation and omitted variable bias plague the statistical analysis of observational data, experiments can offer an effective method for adjudicating disputes (Druckman et al., 2006: 633).

Such conditions have for some time applied in the study of voting. Admittedly, things have moved far beyond the old routine: find a variable of interest; regress vote choice or turnout on that variable while controlling for whatever the dataset offers; and blithely infer that the coefficient for that variable represents a causal effect. The application of sophisticated estimation techniques to longitudinal data have allowed for much more ...

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