Why do people vote? This seemingly simple question has intrigued social scientists for decades. The classical model of pivotal voting proposes that individuals vote because they may affect the outcome of the election (Downs 1957). But any single individual becomes very unlikely to affect the outcome of a large election, and yet people still vote in congressional and presidential elections.
Voting to tell others
Stefano DellaVigna, John List, Ulrike Malmendier, Gautam Rao, 5 March 2014
Guns and votes: The victory of an intense minority against an apathetic majority
Laurent Bouton, Paola Conconi, Francisco J Pino, Maurizio Zanardi, 9 December 2013
On 14 December 2012, 20 children and six staff members were murdered in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Happiness and voting
Federica Liberini, Eugenio Proto, Michela Redoano, 15 November 2013
The idea that states should support and protect citizens’ wellbeing goes back at least two hundred and fifty years – as stated in the 1776 US Declaration of Independence.1
Papal conclave: A new hope?
Nicolas Boccard, 2 April 2013
The media coverage surrounding the 2013 papal conclave revealed Italy held about a fifth of the votes and the US about a tenth – figures that seem somehow large relative to the global billion of Catholics. Indeed, the Catholic church has been criticised for failing to give an adequate voice to the global south, which now garners a majority of Catholics.
What’s a vote worth?
John Gibson, 2 November 2012
Next week, America goes to the polls. Based on recent presidential elections, more than one-third of eligible voters will not cast a ballot. The figure for general elections in the UK is similar, which is actually a recovery since 2001 when just over 40% of registered voters did not vote.
What Drives U.S. Immigration Policy? Evidence from Congressional Roll Call Votes
Giovanni Facchini, Max Steinhardt, 21 March 2011
The Irish ‘no’: Plan B
Daniel Gros, 16 June 2008
The official mantra after the No in Ireland seems to become “let us continue with the ratification process”. This is a high risk strategy since Ireland’s veto power will continue even if all other 26 ratify. The Irish electorate will know this and thus have little reason or incentive to vote differently at second referendum.
The opiate of the elites
Andrew Gelman, David Park, Boris Shor, Jeronimo Cortina, 21 April 2008
Barack Obama attracted attention recently by describing small-town Americans who were “bitter” at economic prospects who “cling to guns or religion’’ in frustration. This statement, made during the height of the Democratic nomination battle, has received a lot of attention, but it represents a common view.
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