GV303-6-SP-CO:
Electoral Behaviour

The details
2021/22
Government
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Monday 17 January 2022
Friday 25 March 2022
15
20 September 2021

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This module provides a range of theoretical angles and empirical evidence to understand electoral behaviour. The module focuses on individual motivations as well as political and economic influences on electoral participation and vote choice across countries, including the UK.

Module aims

The module aims to examine three broad issues:

Why do people vote?
Why do they support one party or candidate rather than another?
How do people reason about voting and politics more generally?

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should have a good working knowledge of:

1. different theoretical approaches to explain why people vote (and do not vote) and why they support one party or candidate over another

2. how political and economic contexts influence electoral participation and vote choice

3. the psychology of participation, the nature of public reasoning about political issues and interpersonal influences on public opinion

4. methodological approaches to modelling voting behaviour and the techniques used to measure and study public opinion, electoral participation, and vote choice

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

1 x two hour seminar each week

Bibliography

  • Richard R. Lau; David P. Redlawsk. (2006) How voters decide: information processing during election campaigns, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Downs, Anthony. (c1957) An economic theory of democracy, New York: Harper.
  • Mark N. Franklin. (2004) Voter turnout and the dynamics of electoral competition in established democracies since 1945, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Brader, Ted; Wayne, Carly. (2016) 'The Emotional Foundations of Democratic Citizenship', in New directions in public opinion, New York: Routledge.
  • (1997) 'Unequal Participation: Democracy's Unresolved Dilemma Presidential Address, American Political Science Association, 1996', in American Political Science Review. vol. 91 (1) , pp.1-14
  • (2018) The Routledge handbook of elections, voting behavior and public opinion, London: Routledge.
  • Dalton, Russell J. (2019) Citizen Politics, Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications Inc.
  • Phelps, Edward. (2004-07) 'Young Citizens and Changing Electoral Turnout, 1964-2001', in The Political Quarterly. vol. 75 (3) , pp.238-248
  • D. T. Denver; Christopher J. Carman; Robert Johns. (2012) Elections and voters in Britain, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. vol. Contemporary political studies series
  • Klingemann, Hans-Dieter. (2007) 'Citizens and Political Behavior', in Oxford handbook of political behavior, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dalton, Russell J. (© 2020) Citizen politics: public opinion and political parties in advanced industrial democracies, Los Angeles, California: SAGE, CQ Press.
  • Brockington, David. (2004-10) 'The Paradox of Proportional Representation: The Effect of Party Systems and Coalitions on Individuals' Electoral Participation', in Political Studies. vol. 52 (3) , pp.469-490
  • GRAY, MARK; CAUL, MIKI. (2000-11) 'Declining Voter Turnout in Advanced Industrial Democracies, 1950 to 1997', in Comparative Political Studies. vol. 33 (9) , pp.1091-1122
  • JACKMAN, ROBERT W.; MILLER, ROSS A. (1995-01) 'Voter Turnout in the Industrial Democracies during the 1980s', in Comparative Political Studies. vol. 27 (4) , pp.467-492

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1  22/02/2022  35% 
Coursework   Assignment 2  29/03/2022  65% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Module Administrator: Edmund Walker govquery@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 664 hours, 20 (3%) hours available to students:
644 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
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