Citizens, Context, and Choice: How Context Shapes Citizens' Electoral Choices

January 16, 2011|
Citizens, Context, and Choice: How Context Shapes Citizens' Electoral Choices by Russell J. Dalton
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A large body of electoral studies and political party research argues that the institutional context defines incentives that shape citizen participation and voting choice. With the unique resources of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, this book provides the first systematic evaluation of this topic. A distinguished international team of electoral scholars finds that the institutional context has only a modest impact on citizen political choices compared to individual level factors. Furthermore, the formal institutional characteristics of electoral systems that have been most emphasized by electoral studies researchers have less impact than characteristics of the party system that are separate from formal institutions. Advanced multi-level analyses demonstrate that contextual effects are more often indirect and interactive, and thus their effects are typically not apparent in single nation election studies. The results have the potential to reshape our understanding of how the institutional framework and context of election matters, and the limits of institutional design in shaping citizen electoral behavior.
Russell J. Dalton was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at UC Irvine. He has received a Fulbright Professorship at the University of Mannheim, a Barbra Streisand Center fellowship, German Marshall Research Fellowship and a POSCO Fellowship at the East/West Center. His scholarly interests include comparative...
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Title:Citizens, Context, and Choice: How Context Shapes Citizens' Electoral Choices
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:300 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:300 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0 in
Published:January 16, 2011
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780199599233

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