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Competing Motives in the Partisan Mind
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Competing Motives in the Partisan Mind: How Loyalty and Responsiveness Shape Party Identification and Democracy

Eric Groenendyk


Party identification is generally considered the most powerful predictor of voting behavior. Yet, after 50 years of research, scholars continue to disagree over the implications of this well-known finding. Some argue that party identification constitutes a stable affective attachment that voters are motivated to defend, whereas others argue that party identification constitutes a running tally of voters’ objective evaluations. Thus, party identification may serve as a pervasive source of bias that undermines accountability or as an indispensable shortcut that makes it easier for voters to hold ... More

Keywords: party identification, party identity, partisanship, motivated reasoning, civic duty, citizenship, heuristic, polarization, accountability, experiment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199969807
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Groenendyk, author
University of Memphis