Chapter

Citizens as voters

Matt Qvortrup

in The Politics of Participation

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780719076589
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701560 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076589.003.0007
Citizens as voters

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This chapter considers theories of electoral choice in an attempt to explain why people vote and what determines their preferences; the chapter considers also the influence of the mass media. What determines the way people vote? Why do some vote for the Tories while others vote for the Labour Party? The answer traditionally has been class. Today the answer is less clear-cut, for class is no longer what it used to be. Another answer is psychological attachment. This chapter also looks at elections and electoral systems, considering various electoral systems, which can be divided into three families: majoritarian, proportional and mixed systems.

Keywords: electoral choice; mass media; voter preferences; psychological attachment; class; electoral systems

Chapter.  6974 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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