Voters on the Move or on the Run?

Hardcover | June 15, 2014

EditorBernhard Wessels, Hans Rattinger, Sigrid Rossteutscher

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Voters on the Move or on the Run? addresses electoral change, the reasons, and the consequences. By investigating heterogeneity of voting, and complexity of voting and its context the volume shows that increasing heterogeneity is not arbitrary and unstructured. Heterogeneity of voting ratheris a way of voters dealing with the increasing complexity of the context of elections - diversified social structures, increasing differentiation of political supply, increasing complexity of the information environment. By analysing the conditions of heterogeneity and showing that the calculus ofvoting becomes more and more conditional in terms of what voters regard as relevant criteria for vote choice, the book demonstrates that the new feature of electoral behaviour is structured heterogeneity. The dimensions of differentiation of the electorate are cognitive capacity and the structure ofindividual information acquisition systems. The book demonstrates that voters are on the move looking for appropriate answers to new complexities rather than on the run. The book uses data predominantly from the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES), and also comparative data from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES).Cross-sectional analysis is complemented by long- and short-term dynamic analyses with panel data, and comparative analyses.

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Voters on the Move or on the Run? addresses electoral change, the reasons, and the consequences. By investigating heterogeneity of voting, and complexity of voting and its context the volume shows that increasing heterogeneity is not arbitrary and unstructured. Heterogeneity of voting ratheris a way of voters dealing with the increasin...

Bernhard Wessels received his PhD from the Free University in Berlin. He is professor at Humboldt University Berlin, and senior researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Research Centre. Since the early 1990s he has been engaged in election research and has been the principle investigator of many comparative research projects, includ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. Bernhard Wessels, Hans Rattinger, Sigrid Rossteutscher and Rudiger Schmitt-Beck: The Changing Context and Outlook of Voting2. Jan Eric Blumenstiel: Voter Fragmentation and the Differentiation of Vote FunctionsPart II: Increasing Heterogeneity of Voting3. Aiko Wagner: Party Specific Vote Functions4. Sascha Huber: Coalitions and Voting Behavior in a Differentiating Multi-party System5. Sigrid Rossteutscher, Ina Bieber and Philipp Scherer: Voting Complexity in a Multi-layered System. Or: How Voting Choices in Second-order Elections Impact the Stability of Party Identification6. Heiko Giebler: Contextualizing Turnout and Party Choice: Electoral Behaviour on Different Political Levels7. Heiko Giebler, Bernhard Wessels and Andreas Wust: Does Personal Campaigning Make a Difference?Part III: Increasing Complexity and Voting8. Sigrid Rossteutscher and Daniel Stegmueller: Network Politicization and Political Integration: From Grand Cleavages to Private Network Structures9. Rudiger Schmitt-Beck and Patrick Kraft: Political Information Flows and Consistent Voting: Personal Conversations, Mass Media, Party Campaigns and the Quality of Voting Decisions at the 2009 German Federal Election10. Richard Johnston, Julia Partheymuller and Rudiger Schmitt-Beck: Activation of Fundamentals in German Campaigns11. Bernhard Wessels: Voters' Motivations: How and Why Short-term Factors Grow in Importance12. Markus Steinbrecher: Are Alienation and Indifference the New Features of Elections?13. Hans Rattinger and Elena Wiegand: Volatility on the Rise? Attitudinal Stability, Attitudinal Change, and Voter VolatilityPart IV: Conclusion14. Bernhard Wessels, Hans Rattinger, Sigrid Rossteutscher and Rudiger Schmitt-Beck: Voters on the Move or on the Run?ReferencesAppendix