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Voters on the Move or on the Run?

Bernhard Weßels, Hans Rattinger, Sigrid Roßteutscher, and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck

Abstract

This book addresses electoral change, the reasons, and the consequences. By investigating heterogeneity of voting (part I) and complexity of voting and its context (part II) it shows that increasing heterogeneity is not arbitrary and unstructured. Heterogeneity of voting is rather an answer of voters to deal with increasing complexity of the context of elections—diversified social structures, increasing differentiation of political supply, increasing complexity of the information environment. By analysing the conditions of heterogeneity and showing that the calculus of voting becomes more and ... More

Keywords: Electoral change, voting behavior, Germany, heterogeneity of voting, complexity of voting, electoral research, comparative electoral behavior

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199662630
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662630.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernhard Weßels, editor
Senior Researcher and Deputy Director, research unit 'Democracy and Democratization', Wissenschaftszentrum

Hans Rattinger, editor
Professor of Comparative Political Behavior, University of Mannheim

Sigrid Roßteutscher, editor
Professor of Sociology, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

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Part I Introduction

1 The Changing Context and Outlook of Voting

Bernhard Weßels, Hans Rattinger, Sigrid Roßteutscher, and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck

Part II Increasing Heterogeneity of Voting

5 Voting Complexity in a Multilayered System

Sigrid Roßteutscher, Ina Bieber, and Philipp Scherer

7 Does Personal Campaigning Make a Difference?

Heiko Giebler, Bernhard Weßels, and Andreas M. Wüst

Part III Increasing Complexity and Voting

8 Network Politicization and Political Integration

Sigrid Roßteutscher, and Daniel Stegmueller

9 Political Information Flows and Consistent Voting

Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, and Patrick Kraft

10 Activation of Fundamentals in German Campaigns

Richard Johnston, Julia Partheymüller, and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck

11 Voters’ Motivations

Bernhard Weßels

Part IV Conclusion

14 Voters on the Move or on the Run?

Bernhard Weßels, Hans Rattinger, Sigrid Roßteutscher, and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck