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The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour

The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour

First Edition
Two Volume Set
Edited by:

April 2017 | 1 102 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The study of voting behaviour remains a vibrant sub-discipline of political science.  The Handbook of Electoral Behaviour is an authoritative and wide ranging survey of this dynamic field, drawing together a team of the world's leading scholars to provide a state-of-the-art review that sets the agenda for future study.


Taking an interdisciplinary approach and focusing on a range of countries, the handbook is composed of eight parts.  The first five cover the principal theoretical paradigms, establishing the state of the art in their conceptualisation and application, and followed by chapters on their specific challenges and innovative applications in contemporary voting studies.  The remaining three parts explore elements of the voting process to understand their different effects on vote outcomes.


The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour is an essential benchmark publication for advanced students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of politics, sociology, psychology and research methods. 

Kai Arzheimer, Jocelyn Evans & Michael S. Lewis-Beck
01 Introduction
Shaun Bowler
02 Institutional effects on voter choice
Asa von Schoultz
03 Party systems and voter alignments
Herman Schmitt and Eftikia Teperoglou
04 Voter behaviour in 2nd order elections
Thiago Silva and Guy Whitten
05 Clarity of responsibility
Lenka Bustikova and Elizabeth Zechmeister
06 Voting in new democracies
Ruth Dassonneville
07 Age(ing)
Rosie Campbell
08 Gender
Geoff Evans
09 Class
Martin Elff and Sigrid Rossteutscher
10 Religion
Maria Sobolewska
11 Ethnicity
Marc Hooghe
12 Social networks and voter mobilisation
Elias Dinas
13 Evolving role of partisanship
Don Green and Susanne Baltes
14 Party identification: a reassessment
Todd Donovan
15 Cognitive mobilisation
Thomas Gschwend and Michael Meffert
16 Strategic voting
Carisa Bergner and Pete Hatemi
17 Genetics
David Redlawsk and Douglas Pierce
18 Affect
Alan Renwick
19 Referenda
Hanna Wass and André Blais
20 Turnout
Robert Lupton, Adam Enders and William Jacoby
21 Ideology and core values
Wouter van der Brug
22 Issue ownership
Jane Green and Will Jennings
23 Valence and competence
Romain Lachat
24 Value cleavages
Marina Costa Lobo and Mike Lewis-Beck
25 Evaluating the economy
Mary Stegmaier, Beomseob Park and Mike Lewis-Beck
26 VP-function: a review
Diego Garzia
27 Voter evaluations of candidates
Jocelyn Evans
28 Geolocation
Thomas Zittel
29 Personal vote
Markus Klein and Ulrich Rosar
30 Candidate attractiveness
Richard Johnston
31 Campaign effects
Diane Mutz and Eunji Kim
32 Media and campaigns
Zachary Albert and Ray La Raja
33 Campaign spending
Rob Ford, Chris Wlezien, Mark Pickup and Will Jennings
34 Opinion polling and vote
Eric Bélanger and David Trotter
35 Econometric approaches to forecasting
Andreas Murr
36 Wisdom of crowds
Andreas Graefe
37 Political markets
Luigi Curini, Stefano Iacus and Andrea Ceron
38 Social media and elections
Rob Johns
39 Survey experiments
Marcel Lubbers and Take Sipma
40 Multi-level modelling
Catherine de Vries
41 Cross-national data sources
Kai Arzheimer
42 Psephology and technology
Marianne Stewart
43 Conclusion

An excellent volume covering all the major classical topics in political and electoral behavior, with a first-class line up of leading international scholars, this Handbook will prove invaluable for colleagues and students seeking a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the sub-field

Professor Pippa Norris
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Elections are the core institution of liberal democracy, and the empirical study of voters' choices has therefore served as a theoretical and methodological pacemaker of modern political science. While the central ideas sketched by the field's pioneer studies have proven remarkably fruitful over the years, its theoretical and methodological ingenuity has created a literature of such complexity that a comprehensive handbook like this one is long overdue. Its three editors are outstanding specialists. They have done a remarkable job in assembling a volume that covers all theoretical and methodological approaches utilized to understand electoral behaviour in democracies all over the world. It will be most useful to anyone interested in how modern voters' choose – and how political scientists nowadays conceive of the vitally important, but by no means 'simple', act of voting.

Ruediger Schmitt-Beck
Professor of Political Science - Political Sociology, University of Mannheim

Voting is a simple act while understanding and explaining is rather complex. The Sage Handbook of Electoral Behaviour leads the reader – both the experienced scholar and practitioner as well as the student – through the many routes that research has explored overtime. Traditional topics as well as novel ones find in this text a thoroughly discussion that enable us to understand the transformation of  the many factors that contribute to voting choice  in contemporary politics. A rewarding read for all those interested in elections and voting.

Paolo Bellucci
Italian National Election Study, The University of Siena

This volume is an excellent overview of the whole field of research into Electoral Behaviour and will be an invaluable source for students of electoral choice going forward

Paul Whiteley
University of Essex, Department of Government

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