Voter Fragmentation and the Differentiation of Vote Functions

Blumenstiel, Jan Eric

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Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2014
Book title: Voters on the Move or on the Run?
Page range: 17-39
Publisher: Weßels, Bernhard
Place of publication: Oxford [u.a.]
Publishing house: Oxford Univ. Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-966263-0 , 978-0-19-175619-1
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: The assumption that all voters have identical voting calculi had been standard in electoral choice for a long time. However, scholars have increasingly challenged the homogeneity assumption recently. The chapter adds to this discussion by developing a more general empirical and theoretical framework to voter heterogeneity and by addressing the hitherto largely disregarded temporal dynamics of heterogeneity at both the aggregate and the individual level. It is shown that voters’ demographic and attitudinal characteristics as well as their cognitive abilities account for variance in reliance on both long- and short-term considerations. Generally, the attitude-behavior relationship is strongest for the highly sophisticated and lowest for voters holding conflicting beliefs about the parties. At the individual level, voting calculi are shown to be relatively stable over time.

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