Religion, electoral participation and party support in Northern Ireland

Bernadette C. Hayes, Ian McAllister

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Electoral behaviour is one of the most dynamic areas of study in the field of comparative politics today. A strongly emerging theme in recent years has been the need to set the study of voting behaviour in its wider context, that is to understand how the behaviour of the individual (non)voter is conditioned by the environment in which the election is occurring. The main motivation for this book is to respond to this need.

The Act of Voting examines voting – both the question of whether to vote (ie. electoral turnout) and who to vote for – in context from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. In addition to other topics and themes, chapters explore the national or social identities of individuals and how these contribute to complex social dynamics, discuss the institutions that determine who is able to vote and over what, and analyse the impact of the locale on the voting act.

Offering chapters by up-and-coming scholars in the field of electoral behaviour, as well as reflections on how the act of voting should be viewed in the broadest context – normatively, institutionally and socially, this book will be of interest to students and scholars researching political behaviour, public opinion and politics more generally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Act of Voting
Subtitle of host publicationIdentities, Institutions and Locale
EditorsJohan A. Elkink, David M. Farrell
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)978-1138842014
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2015


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