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Political Knowledge and the Logic of Voting: A Comparative Study

AuthorsFraile Maldonado, Marta
KeywordsCiencias Sociales
Ciencias Políticas
Procesos de decisión
Issue DateApr-2006
PublisherFundación Juan March
SeriesEstudios / Working Papers
Nº 223
AbstractThis paper will examine the decision making process by which individual voters cast their ballots. In particular, it will discuss two traditional explanations of electoral behaviour: ideological voting and performance voting. These explanations of voting share a common assumption: electors’ decisions are based on what they expect to get from their choice. Each potential outcome has a benefit or a cost, and citizens might choose the one benefiting them most or costing them least. That is, voters will maximize the utility of their electoral decision. In order to maximize the utility of a given decision an individual needs to have a certain amount of information at hand.
DescriptionThis paper forms part of a collective research project on Empirical Democratic Theory coordinated by José María Maravall and Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca.
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