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

Hardcover | January 16, 2011

EditorRussell J. Dalton, Christopher J. Anderson

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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 systematicevaluation 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 havebeen 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 typicallynot 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.

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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 systematicevaluation of this topic. A distinguished internation...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. Russell J. Dalton and Christopher J. Anderson: Citizens, Context, and ChoicePart II: Electoral Participation2. Miki Caul Kittilson and Christopher J. Anderson: Electoral Supply and Voter Turnout3. Jeffrey A. Karp and Susan A. Banducci: The Influence of Party and Electoral Systems on Campaign EngagementPart III: Electoral Choice4. Robin Best and Michael D. McDonald: The Role of Party Policy Positions in the Operation of Democracy5. Russell J. Dalton: Left-Right Orientations, Context, and Voting Choices6. Yuliya V. Tverdova: Follow the Party or Follow the Leader? Candidate Evaluations, Party Evaluations and Macropolitical Context7. Timothy Hellwig: Context, Political Information, and Performance Voting8. Andre Blais and Thomas Gschwend: Strategic Defection Across Elections, Parties, and VotersPart IV: Electoral Choice and Representation9. G. Bingham Powell: Party Polarization and the Ideological Congruence of Governments10. Christopher J. Anderson: Electoral Supply, Median Voters, and Feelings of Representation in DemocraciesPart V: Conclusion11. Christopher J. Anderson and Russell J. Dalton: Nested Voters: Citizen Choices Embedded in Political ContextsMatias Bargsted, Steffen Blings, Christopher J. Anderson, and Russell J. Dalton: Appendix: Macro Level DataIndex