As a subdiscipline, the study of electoral behavior (or “psephology”) begins with a handful of monographs that were published in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. It’s amazing to see how concepts and ideas that were developed in Downs’ “Economic Theory of Democracy” or in the “American Voter” by Campbell et al. some 50 years ago inform our work to the present day. However, the study of electoral behaviour (or electoral behavior – the publisher keep changing the title just to confuse me) did obviously not end with these holy books. From the 1960s on, the discipline was increasingly defined by a number of ground breaking articles that were published in professional journals.
This collection gave us the opportunity to bring together 66 articles which – in our humble view – define the discipline, represent important new departures, or bring together the knowledge we have on a given subject. As a friend of mine wisely remarked, at $ 950 the collection might be slightly underpriced. Then again, if you teach a course on electoral behaviour or political sociology, or if just want to get an overview of electoral studies, getting much if not most of the important stuff in one four-volume-1640-pages book is really a bargain. Maybe you should invite your librarian for a coffee. Make it a large one.
What the Library of Electoral Behaviour gives you is a full introduction to the study of electoral behaviour plus:
Lipset, S. M. and S. Rokkan (eds.) (1967) [‘Introduction’] in Party Systems and Voter Alignments: Cross-National Perspectives, New York: The Free Press..
Erikson, Robert, John H. Goldthorpe and Lucienne Portocarero (1979), ‘Intergenerational Class Mobility in Three Western European Societies. England, France and Sweden’, British Journal of Sociology 30: 415-441
Alford, Robert R. (1962): A Suggested Index of the Association of Social Class and Voting, in: Public Opinion Quarterly 26, S. 417–425
Lijphart, Arend: Religious vs. Linguistic vs. Class Voting: The “Crucial Experiment” of Comparing Belgium, Canada, South Africa, and Switzerland, The American Political Science Review, Vol. 73, No. 2. (Jun., 1979), pp. 442-458.
Class Mobility and Political Preferences: Individual and Contextual Effects Nan Dirk De Graaf; Paul Nieuwbeerta; Anthony Heath The American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 100, No. 4. (Jan., 1995), pp. 997-1027.
The Developmental Theory of the Gender Gap: Women’s and Men’s Voting Behavior in Global Perspective Ronald Inglehart; Pippa Norris . (Oct., 2000), pp. 441-463.
Alan Zuckerman (1975) ‘Political Cleavage: a conceptual and theoretical analysis’, British Journal of Political Science, 5: 231-248.
Key, V. O. “A Theory of Critical Elections.” The Journal of Politics 17, no. 1 (1955): 3-18
Belknap, G., and A. Campbell. “Political Party Identification and Attitudes toward Foreign Policy.” The Public Opinion Quarterly 15, no. 4 (1951): 601-23.
Converse, P. (1966) ‘The concept of a normal vote’ in A. Campbell et al (eds.) Elections and the Political Order, New York, John Wiley.
Jennings, M.K. and R. Niemi (1968) ‘The transmission of political values from parent to child’, American Political Science Review, 62: 169-84.
Converse, Philip E. (1964), ‘The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics’, in: David E. Apter (ed). Ideology and Discontent, pp. 206-261, New York: Free Press
Jackson, J. (1983). “The systematic beliefs of the mass public: estimating policy preferences with survey data” in Journal of Politics, vol. 45: 840-58.
Markus, Gregory B., and Philip E. Converse. “A Dynamic Simultaneous Equation Model of Electoral Choice.” The American Political Science Review 73, no. 4 (1979): 1055-70.
Fiorina, Morris P. “An Outline for a Model of Party Choice.” American Journal of Political Science 21, no. 3 (1977): 601-25.
Bartels, Larry M. “Partisanship and Voting Behavior, 1952-1996.” American Journal of Political Science 44 (2000): 35-50.
Cognition and the Voter Calculus
Hotelling, Harold (1929), ‘Stability in Competition’, The Economic Journal 39(153): 41-57.
Riker, William H., and Peter C. Ordeshook. “A Theory of the Calculus of Voting.” American Political Science Review 62 (1968): 25-42.
Ferejohn, J. and M. Fiorina (1974) ‘The paradox of not voting’, American Political Science Review, 68: 525-536.
Niemi, R. (1976) ‘Costs of voting and nonvoting’, Public Choice, 27: 115-119.
Grofman, Bernard. “Is Turnout the Paradox That Ate Rational Choice Theory?” In Information, Participation, and Choice. An Economic Theory of Democracy in Perspective, edited by Bernard Grofman, 93-103. Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press, 1993.
Stokes, Donald E. “Spatial Models of Party Competition.” The American Political Science Review 57 (1963): 368-77.
Grofman, Bernard. “The Neglected Role of the Status Quo in Models of Issue Voting.” The Journal of Politics 47, no. 1 (1985): 230-37.
Heath, A., G. Evans and J. Martin (1994) “The measurement of core beliefs and values: the development of balanced socialist / laissez faire and libertarian / authoritarian scales”, British Journal of Political Science, vol. 24: 115-32
Rabinowitz, George, and Stuart Elaine MacDonald. “A Directional Theory of Issue Voting.” American Political Science Review 83 (1989): 93-121.
Iversen, T. (1994) ‘Political leadership and representation in Western democracies: a test of three models of voting’, American Journal of Political Science, 38: 45-74.
Abramowitz, Alan I. “The Impact of a Presidential Debate on Voter Rationality.” American Journal of Political Science 22, no. 3 (1978): 680-90.
Petrocik, John R. “Issue Ownership in Presidential Elections, with a 1980 Case Study.” American Journal of Political Science 40 (1996): 825-50.
Budge, Ian (1994), ‘A New Spatial Theory of Party Competition: Uncertainty, Ideology and Policy Equilibria Viewed Comparatively and Temporally’, British Journal of Political Science 24: 443-467
Sears, David O., Richard R. Lau, Tom R. Tyler und Harris M. Jr. Allen (1980): Interest vs. Symbolic Politics in Policy Attitudes and Presidential Voting, in: American Political Science Review 74, S. 670–684.
Quattrone, G. and A. Tversky (1988) ‘Contrasting rational and psychological analyses of political choice’, American Political Science Review, 82: 719-736.
Aldrich, John H., John L. Sullivan, and Eugene Borgida. “Foreign Affairs and Issue Voting: Do Presidential Candidates “Waltz before a Blind Audience?”” The American Political Science Review 83, no. 1 (1989): 123-41.
Marcus, G. and M. MacKuen (1993) ‘Anxiety, enthusiasm, and the vote: the motivational underpinnings of learning and involvement during presidential campaigns’, American Political Science Review, 87: 672-685.
Forecasting and Electoral Context
Reif, Karlheinz, and Hermann Schmitt. “Nine National Second-Order Elections: A Systematic Framework for the Analysis of European Elections Results.” European Journal of Political Research 8 (1980): 3-44.
Jackman, R. and R. Miller (1995) ‘Voter turnout in the industrial democracies during the 1980s’, Comparative Political Studies, 27: 467-492.
Leighley, J. and J. Nagler (1992) ‘Individual and systemic influences on turnout: who votes?’, Journal of Politics, 54: 718-740.
van der Eijk, C., M. Franklin and M. Marsh (1996). “What voters teach us about Europe-wide elections: what Europe-wide elections teach us about voters” in Electoral Studies, vol. 15 no.2: 149-66.
Mueller, J. (1970) ‘Presidential popularity from Truman to Johnson’, American Political Science Review, 64: 18-34.
Kramer, G. (1971) ‘Short-term fluctuations in US voting behaviour, 1896-1964’, American Political Science Review, 65: 131-143.
Nannestad, Peter, and Martin Paldam. “The Vp-Function – a Survey of the Literature on Vote and Popularity Functions after 25 Years.” Public Choice 79, no. 3-4 (1994): 213-45.
Lewis-Beck, M. (1997) ‘Who’s the chef? Economic voting under a dual executive’, European Journal of Political Research, 31: 315-325.
Conover, P. and S. Feldman (1986) ‘Emotional reactions to the economy: I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore’, American Journal of Political Science, 30: 50-78.
Powell, G. B. and G. Whitten (1993) ‘A cross-national analysis of economic voting: taking account of the political context’, American Journal of Political Science, 37: 391-414.
Sanders, D. (2000) ‘The real economy and the perceived economy in popularity functions: how much do voters need to know? A study of British data, 1974–97’, Electoral Studies, 19: 275-294.
Evans, G. and R. Andersen (2006) ‘The political conditioning of economic perceptions,’ Journal of Politics, 68: 194-207..
Gelman, Andrew and King, Gary: Why are American Presidential Election Campaigns Polls so Variable when Votes are so predictable, in: APSR 1993 409-451
Krosnick, J. and D. Kinder (1990) ‘Altering the foundations of support for the President through priming’, American Political Science Review, 84: 497-512.
Ansolabehere, S., S. Iyengar, A. Simon and N. Valentino (1994) ‘Does attack advertising demobilize the electorate’, American Political Science Review, 88: 829-838.
Bartels, L. (1993) ‘Messages received: the political impact of media exposure’, American Political Science Review, 87: 267-285.
MacKuen, Michael, and Courtney Brown. “Political Context and Attitude Change.” The American Political Science Review 81, no. 2 (1987): 471-90.
Debates and Methodology
Kliemt, Hartmut. “The Veil of Insignificance.” Europäische Zeitschrift für Politische Ökonomie / European Journal of Political Economy 2 (1986): 333-44.
Fishbein, Martin, and Icek Ajzen. “Attitudes and Voting Behaviour: An Application of the Theory of Reasoned Action.” In Progress in Applied Social Psychology, edited by Geoffrey M. and Davis Stephenson, James H., 253-313. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 1981
Key, V. O. . “Secular realignment and the party system”, The Journal of Politics, 21: 198-210.
Inglehart, Ronald (1971): The Silent Revolution in Europe: Intergenerational Change in Post-Industrial Societies, in:American Political Science Review 65, S. 991–1017
Dalton, Russell J. “Cognitive Mobilization and Partisan Dealignment in Advanced Industrial Democracies.” Journal of Politics 46 (1984): 264-84.
Converse, Philip E., and Gregory B. Markus. “Plus Ça Change… The New Cps Election Study Panel.” American Political Science Review 73 (1979): 32-49.
Carmines, Edward G., and James A. Stimson. “Issue Evolution, Population Replacement, and Normal Partisan Change.” American Political Science Review 75 (1981): 107-18.
Box-Steffensmeier, Janet M., and Renée M. Smith. “The Dynamics of Aggregate Partisanship.” American Journal of Political Science 90 (1996): 567-80.
Abramowitz, Alan I., and Kyle L. Saunders. “Ideological Realignment in the US Electorate.” The Journal of Politics 60, no. 3 (1998): 634-52.
van der Eijk, C., and B. Niemöller (1979). “Recall accuracy and its determinants” in Acta Politica, vol. 14 no. 3: 289-342.
van der Eijk, C. (2002) ‘Design issue in electoral research: taking care of (core) business’, Electoral Studies, 21: 189-206.
Pattie, C. and R. Johnston (1995) ‘“It’s not like that round here”: region, economic evaluations and voting at the 1992 British general election’, European Journal of Political Research, 28: 1-32.
Gerber, Alan S., and Donald P. Green. “The Effects of Canvassing, Telephone Calls, and Direct Mail on Voter Turnout: A Field Experiment.” American Political Science Review 94, no. 3 (2000): 653-63.
Robinson, William S. (1950), ‘Ecological Correlation and the Behavior of Individuals’, American Sociological Review 15: 351-357.
Falter, Jürgen W., and Reinhard Zintl. “The Economic Crisis of the 1930s and the Nazi Vote.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 19 (1988): 55-85. [or King et al.?]
Bassili, John N. 1993. Response Latency Versus Certainty as Indexes of the Strength of Voting Intentions in a Cati Survey. The Public Opinion Quarterly 57:54-61.
Alvarez, Michael R., and Jonathan Nagler. 2000. A New Approach for Modelling Strategic Voting in Multiparty Elections. British Journal of Political Science 30:57-75