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Social Structure and Voting Choice  

Oddbjørn Knutsen

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Jan 2017
The linkage between voters and political parties is to some degree based on stable social cleavages. Such cleavages express important and lasting societal divisions, allow parties and ... More

Race, Ethnicity, and Political Behavior  

Aida Just

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Jan 2017
Whether as a consequence of colonialism or more recent international migration, ethnic diversity has become a prominent feature of many contemporary democracies. Given the importance of ... More

Protest and Contentious Action  

Mario Quaranta

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Jan 2017
The field of protest and contentious action is massive. Numerous studies have focused on the determinants of such behavior, among which are grievances and deprivations, resources, ... More

Popular Understanding of Democracy  

Doh Chull Shin

How well do people around the world understand democracy? Do they support democracy with an informed understanding of what it is? To address these questions, which have largely been ... More

Political Trust and the “Crisis of Democracy”  

Tom W. G. van der Meer

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Jan 2017
For decades, scholarly inquiry into political trust has been motivated by concerns about declining levels of public trust in politics. Because political trust is considered a necessary ... More

Personality and Political Behavior  

Matthew Cawvey, Matthew Hayes, Damarys Canache, and Jeffrey J. Mondak

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Jan 2017
“Personality” refers to a multifaceted and enduring internal, or psychological, structure that influences patterns in a person’s actions and expressed attitudes. Researchers have ... More

Perfect Deterrence Theory  

Frank C. Zagare

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Jan 2017
Perfect deterrence theory and classical deterrence theory are two theoretical frameworks that have divergent empirical implications and dissimilar policy recommendations. In perfect ... More

Dead Ends and New Paths in the Study of Economic Voting  

Timothy Hellwig and Dani M. Marinova

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Jan 2017
Connections between the economy and vote are commonly invoked to evaluate political accountability in representative democracies. A principal motivation for studying economic voting lies ... More

The Changing Nature of Political Party Membership  

Susan E. Scarrow

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Jan 2017
Party membership has long been an important channel for political participation in many countries. Strong membership organizations have helped parties win elections and stay connected with ... More

What is Political Participation?  

Jan W. van Deth

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Nov 2016
Vibrant democracies are characterized by a continuous expansion of the available forms of participation. This expansion has confronted many researchers with the dilemma of using either a ... More

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