The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour
- Kai Arzheimer - University of Mainz, Germany
- Jocelyn Evans - University of Leeds, UK
- Michael S. Lewis-Beck - The University of Iowa, USA
Elections & Political Campaigns
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.
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
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.
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.
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