Devoted to exploring elections as the central act in a democracy, Duty and Choice: The Evolution of the Study of Voting and Voters is animated by a set of three overarching questions: Why do some citizens vote while others do not? How do voters decide to cast their ballots for one candidate and not another? How does the context in which citizens live influence the choices they make? Organized into three sections focused on turnout, vote choice, and electoral systems, the volume seeks to provide novel insights into the most pressing questions for scholars of vote choice and voting behaviour. In addition to featuring several prominent Canadian scholars, the collection includes chapters by leading scholars from the United States and Europe.
"Why do citizens turn out to vote, and what difference does it make if they do? How do electoral institutions shape what voters do and what they make of what they have done? A stellar group of scholars weighs in on these critical questions."- Richard Johnston, Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia
"Duty and Choice is a collection of the highest quality and will be eagerly received by the field. The contributions breathe new life into the role of altruism and instrumentality in political participation, particularly the turnout decision."- Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University
"This volume contains thoughtful contributions from many of the most distinguished scholars working in the fields of voter turnout, vote choice, and electoral systems. It is a pleasure to follow their thinking as they assess what we know and what we need to do next."- Christopher H. Achen, Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Princeton University
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