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The public and electoral politics

Geoffrey K. Roberts

in German Electoral Politics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780719069901
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701584 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069901.003.0004
The public and electoral politics

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This chapter discusses the role of the public in German electoral politics, starting with a section on the levels of non-participation and participation in electoral politics, which involves the public in many ways. It then presents an analysis of voting behaviour, such as choosing certain candidates or parties. The chapter then introduces the concepts of extremist voting, which is voting support for the extreme right, and split-voting, which is a special feature of German electoral behaviour. It concludes by determining the problems associated with the analysis of voting behaviour.

Keywords: electoral politics; participation; non-participation; voting behaviour; extremist voting; split-voting; German electoral behaviour

Chapter.  10116 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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