Does the Voter Follow his Pocket‐Book?

Leif Lewin

in Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics

Published in print April 1991 | ISBN: 9780198277255
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599774 | DOI:

Series: Comparative European Politics

 Does the Voter Follow his Pocket‐Book?

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Political choices of voters are examined by discussing a large number of empirical studies. The aim is to test the pocketbook hypothesis that states that voters are following their economic rational self‐interest.

The author presents and discusses analysed cases of voters choices in the US, Western Europe, Canada, and Japan. He concludes that results of electoral research disapprove the pocketbook hypothesis.

Keywords: electoral research; pocketbook hypothesis; rational‐choice theory; self‐interest

Chapter.  12793 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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