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Citizens, Context, and Choice

Russell J. Dalton and Christopher J. Anderson

in Citizens, Context, and Choice

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199599233
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599233.003.0001
Citizens, Context, and Choice

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An established literature in electoral studies maintains that the electoral system and other contextual factors shape the incentive structure for voters, and thereby influences individual electoral behavior. This chapter describes a theoretical framework for differentiating between various types of contextual effects on individual citizens. It also describes the cross-national variation on key contextual variables for nations in the Cross-national Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). Finally, it introduces the chapters of this volume.

Keywords: elections; voting behavior; contextual effects; electoral supply; electoral systems; party systems; multilevel models; CSES

Chapter.  10486 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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