Democracy, Intermediation, and Voting on Four Continents

Hardcover | March 8, 2007

EditorRichard Gunther, Jose Ramon Montero, Hans-Jurgen Puhle

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This book presents the results of systematic comparative analyses of electoral behavior and support for democracy in 13 countries on four continents. It is based on national election surveys held in "old"and "new"democracies in Europe (Germany, Britain, Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal,Bulgaria), North and South America (the United States, Chile and Uruguay), and Asia (Hong Kong) between 1990 and 2004. It is methodologically innovative, notwithstanding the fact that its core concern with "political intermediation"(i.e., the flow of political information from parties andcandidates to voters through the mass-communications media, membership in secondary associations, and direct, face-to-face contacts within interpersonal networks) was first introduced to the study of electoral behavior by Paul Lazarsfeld and his collaborators in the 1940s. In addition to revivingthat long-neglected analytical framework, this book breaks new ground by systematically exploring the impact of socio-political values on electoral behavior. It also analyzes the role of political intermediation in forming basic attitudes towards democracy (which are crucial for the consolidationof new democracies), and, in turn, channeling those orientations into various forms of political behavior. Some of the findings presented in this volume are dramatic, and clearly reveal that these channels of information are among the most powerful factors influencing the development of politicalattitudes and partisan electoral behavior. So, too, are socio-political values in some countries (particularly the United States). This volume is the first book-length product of the now 18-country Comparative National Elections Project.

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This book presents the results of systematic comparative analyses of electoral behavior and support for democracy in 13 countries on four continents. It is based on national election surveys held in "old"and "new"democracies in Europe (Germany, Britain, Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal,Bulgaria), North and South America (the United Stat...

Richard Gunther (Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley) is Professor of Political Science at the Ohio State University, where he has also served as Executive Director of International Studies. He is the international coordinator of the 18-country Comparative National Elections Project, of which this book is a product. Initiall...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:436 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.38 inPublished:March 8, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199202834

ISBN - 13:9780199202836

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1. Gunther, Jose Ramon Montero, and Hans-Jurgen Puhle: Introduction: Intermediation, Information, and Electoral Politics2. Richard Gunther, Jose Ramon Montero and Mariano Torcal: Democracy and Intermediation: Some Attitudinal and Behavioral Dimensions3. Rudiger Schmitt-Beck and Katrin Voltmer: The Mass Media in Third-Wave Democracies: Gravediggers or Seedsmen of Democratic Consolidation?4. Paolo Bellucci, Marco Maraffi, and Paolo Segatti: Intermediation Through Secondary Associations: The Organizational Context of Electoral Behavior5. Bradley Richardson and Paul Allen Beck: The Flow of Political Information: Personal Discussants, the Media, and Partisanship6. Pedro C. Magalhaes: Voting and Intermediation: Informational Biases and Electoral Choices in Comparative Perspective7. Richard Gunther and Kuan Hsin-chi: Value Cleavages and Partisan Conflict8. Hans-Jurgen Puhle, Jose Ramon Montero, and Richard Gunther: Conclusions: Processes of Intermediation, Electoral Politics, and Political Support in Old and New Democracies