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Expressive political behaviour : foundations, scope and implications

Hamlin, Alan and Jennings, Colin (2011) Expressive political behaviour : foundations, scope and implications. British Journal of Political Science, 41 (3). pp. 645-670. ISSN 0007-1234

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A growing literature has focused attention on ‘expressive’ rather than ‘instrumental’ behaviour in political settings, particularly voting. A common criticism of the expressive idea is that it is ad hoc and lacks both predictive and normative bite. No clear definition of expressive behaviour has gained wide acceptance yet, and no detailed understanding of the range of foundations of specific expressive motivations has emerged. This article provides a foundational discussion and definition of expressive behaviour accounting for a range of factors. The content of expressive choice – distinguishing between identity-based, moral and social cases – is discussed and related to the specific theories of expressive choice in the literature. There is also a discussion of the normative and institutional implications of expressive behaviour.

Item type: Article
ID code: 27852
Keywords: expressive behaviour, identity, moral choice, populism, institutional design, Political science (General), Sociology and Political Science
Subjects: Political Science > Political science (General)
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Economics
Depositing user: Miss Jenna Wright
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2010 11:11
Last modified: 18 Sep 2015 12:14
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