Duty and Choice: The Evolution of the Study of Voting and Voters

Edited by Peter John Loewen and Daniel Rubenson

© 2019

Devoted to exploring elections as the central act in a democracy, Duty and Choice: The Evolution of the Study of Voting and Voters is animated by a set of three overarching questions: Why do some citizens vote while others do not? How do voters decide to cast their ballots for one candidate and not another? How does the context in which citizens live influence the choices they make? Organized into three sections focused on turnout, vote choice, and electoral systems, the volume seeks to provide novel insights into the most pressing questions for scholars of vote choice and voting behaviour. In addition to featuring several prominent Canadian scholars, the collection includes chapters by leading scholars from the United States and Europe.

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Organized into three sections focused on turnout, vote choice, and electoral systems, the volume seeks to provide novel insights into the most pressing questions for scholars of vote choice and voting behavior.

Duty and Choice: The Evolution of the Study of Voting and Voters

Edited by Peter John Loewen and Daniel Rubenson

© 2019

Devoted to exploring elections as the central act in a democracy, Duty and Choice: The Evolution of the Study of Voting and Voters is animated by a set of three overarching questions: Why do some citizens vote while others do not? How do voters decide to cast their ballots for one candidate and not another? How does the context in which citizens live influence the choices they make? Organized into three sections focused on turnout, vote choice, and electoral systems, the volume seeks to provide novel insights into the most pressing questions for scholars of vote choice and voting behaviour. In addition to featuring several prominent Canadian scholars, the collection includes chapters by leading scholars from the United States and Europe.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.9in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Why do citizens turn out to vote, and what difference does it make if they do? How do electoral institutions shape what voters do and what they make of what they have done? A stellar group of scholars weighs in on these critical questions."


    Richard Johnston, Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia

    "Duty and Choice is a collection of the highest quality and will be eagerly received by the field. The contributions breathe new life into the role of altruism and instrumentality in political participation, particularly the turnout decision."


    Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University

    "This volume contains thoughtful contributions from many of the most distinguished scholars working in the fields of voter turnout, vote choice, and electoral systems. It is a pleasure to follow their thinking as they assess what we know and what we need to do next."


    Christopher H. Achen, Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Princeton University
  • Author Information

    Peter John Loewen is a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.


    Daniel Rubenson is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Tables
    List of Figures
    Contributors
    Foreword

     1. Duty and Choice: The Evolution of the Study of Voting and Voters by Peter John Loewen, Daniel Rubenson, and Maxime Héroux-Legault

    Part I: Voter Turnout

     2. Altruism, Participation, and Political Context by Cindy D. Kam, Skyler J. Cranmer, and James H. Fowler
     3. Behavioural Anomalies Explain Variation in Voter Turnout by Christopher Dawes and Peter John Loewen
     4. Civic Duty and Social Pressure as Causes of Voter Turnout by Donald P. Green
     5. The Preferences of Voters and Non-Voters in Canada (1988-2008) by Jean-François Godbout and Mathieu Turgeon

    Part II: Vote Choice

     6. The Economy and Federal Election Outcomes in Canada by Richard Nadeau, Éric Bélanger, and Bruno Jérôme
     7. Who Responds to Election Campaigns? by Patrick Fournier, Fred Cutler, and Stuart Soroka
     8. Bureaucrats, Policy Attitudes, and Political Behavior by James C. Garand and Ping Xu

    Part III: Electoral Systems

     9. How Electoral Systems Shape What Voters Think About Democracy by Christopher J. Anderson
    10. Party strategies, institutions, and electoral system effects by Romain LachatWhen Do Voters Act Strategically? by John Aldrich and Laura B. Stephenson
    11. The future of election studies & the study of elections by Peter John Loewen, Daniel Rubenson, and André Blais

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