How Voters Decide: Information Processing in Election Campaigns (Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology) (Hardcover)

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This book attempts to redirect the field of voting behavior research by proposing a paradigm-shifting framework for studying voter decision making. An innovative experimental methodology is presented for getting 'inside the heads' of citizens as they confront the overwhelming rush of information from modern presidential election campaigns. Four broad theoretically-defined types of decision strategies that voters employ to help decide which candidate to support are described and operationally-defined. Individual and campaign-related factors that lead voters to adopt one or another of these strategies are examined. Most importantly, this research proposes a new normative focus for the scientific study of voting behavior: we should care about not just which candidate received the most votes, but also how many citizens voted correctly - that is, in accordance with their own fully-informed preferences.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780521848596
ISBN-10: 0521848598
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2006
Pages: 344
Language: English
Series: Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology