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 41: Cross-National Data Sources: Opportunities and Challenges
Cross-National Data Sources: Opportunities and Challenges
I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist the facts that suit theories instead of theories to suit the facts.
(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Importance of Data for Understanding Electoral Behaviour
The study of electoral behaviour requires the collection of large sets of data. Interviewing one individual or even a handful of individuals about how they voted in a previous election does not help us very much in understanding election outcomes and the decision-making processes underlying them. The study of mass electoral behaviour requires us to understand the causes and consequences of voting decisions of an entire ...