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The New Voter in Western Europe : France and Beyond - Bruno Cautres

The New Voter in Western Europe

France and Beyond

By: Bruno Cautres (Editor), Anne Muxel (Editor)

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This book presents the main results of an electoral panel study which is both unique and innovative not only in French political research but also among Western European electoral studies. The survey was conducted among a sample of 1,846 French voters interviewed on four separate occasions (2007 Presidential and Legislative elections).

"This book represents contemporary French political science at its best: grappling with important questions by employing cutting-edge tools and theories drawn from the international political science literature, but augmenting these tools and theories as appropriate with approaches designed specifically for the French case." - Mark Franklin, Stein Rokkan Professor of Comparative Politics, European University Institute



"This book is a major step. Most of the scholarly leaders in the French elections community have a chapter in this book.Virtually all are connected, directly or indirectly, to the organizations that study French elections (CEVIPOF, CNRS, FNSP).The topics considered cover valuable political science topics: the process of electoral decision, voter loyalty, political alignments, the influence of candidate images, the timing of the electoral decision, the role of the campaign, the place of issues in the vote choice, andthe impact of candidates such as Le Pen and Bayrou. All of this is especially exciting and timely reading because of the highly contested 2007 presidential election between candidates Royal and Sarkozy." - Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Department of Political Science, University of Iowa

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Contributorsp. xvii
Introduction The Dynamics of Electoral Choicep. 1
The Process of Electoral Decision Makingp. 11
Loyalties, Mobilities, Abstentionsp. 27
The Plurality of Voting Possibilitiesp. 57
The Decisive Influence of Imagep. 79
When Do Voters Choose?p. 101
Following the Campaign: Politicization, Confirmation, and Polarizationp. 129
Electoral Agenda and Issue Votingp. 153
How Le Pen's Electorate Lost Faith in Himp. 171
The Temptation to Vote Bayroup. 189
Review of an Electoral Campaign: From Chronicle to Political Logicp. 205
The Panel Electoral Fran├žais 2007: Methodological Issuesp. 225
Conclusion The Benefits of Panel Studiesp. 251
Methodological Appendixesp. 261
Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780230107021
ISBN-10: 0230107028
Series: Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 29th June 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1