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 43: Conclusion
At various times, compliant citizens turning out to vote for one or another of the alternatives prescribed by politicians and political parties have been regarded as a sight both endearing and enduring by some observers. On other occasions, including in recent years, discontented denizens (not) voting, supporting anti-establishment candidates or parties, and/or engaging in protest actions have been viewed as a spectacle both disturbing and disorderly by various witnesses. The sight and the spectacle, their sources, distributions, and consequences, and their implications for the principles and the practices of democratic governance have been ongoing themes in electoral behavior research. Accordingly, its contributions, in terms of whether and, if so, what conclusions – facts – exist, are a ...