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The Spatial Theory of Voting : An Introduction - James M. Enelow

The Spatial Theory of Voting

An Introduction

Paperback Published: 6th August 1984
ISBN: 9780521275156
Number Of Pages: 256

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This book provides an introduction to an important approach to the study of voting and elections: the spatial theory of voting. In contrast to the social-psychological approach to studying voting behaviour, the spatial theory of voting is premised on the idea of self-interested choice. Voters cast votes on the basis of their evaluation of the candidates or policy alternatives competing for their vote. Candidates fashion their appeals to the voters in an effort to win votes. The spatial theory provides explicit definitions for these behavioural assumptions to determines the form that self-interested behaviour will take. The consequences of this behaviour for the type of candidate or policy that voters will select is the major focus of the theory. There is a twofold purpose to this work. The first is to provide an elementary but rigourous introduction to an important body of political science research. The second is to design and test a spatial theory of elections that provides insights into the nature of election contests. The book will appeal to a wide audience, since the mathematics is kept to an accessible level.

Spatial voting models: the behavioural assumptions
The unidimensional spatial voting model
A two-dimensional spatial model
A general spatial model of candidate competition
The influence of candidate characteristics and abstention on election outcomes
Voting on budgets
Models of voter uncertainty
Empirical testing of the spatial theory of elections
Concluding observations
Answers to selected problems
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ISBN: 9780521275156
ISBN-10: 0521275156
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 6th August 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.38