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Who are the expressive voters?

Jennings, C. and Drinkwater, S. (2007) Who are the expressive voters? Public Choice, 132 (1-2). pp. 179-189. ISSN 0048-5829

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Abstract

Brennan and Hamlin (1998) predict that moderates are more likely to be expressive rather than instrumental voters, but do not test this hypothesis. Greene and Nelson (2002) claim to reject this, by finding that extremists are as likely to vote as moderates. We argue that Greene and Nelson's study was not a complete test of Brennan and Hamlin's hypothesis and we extend their analysis to provide a more thorough test. Our results imply that there is some evidence to suggest that extremist non-voters are less likely to be instrumentally motivated, providing some support for the predictions of Brennan and Hamlin.

Item type: Article
ID code: 7958
Keywords: voting, expressiveness, extremists, elections, democracy, Commerce, Economic Theory, Political science (General), Economics and Econometrics, Sociology and Political Science
Subjects: Social Sciences > Commerce
Social Sciences > Economic Theory
Political Science > Political science (General)
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Economics
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 07 May 2009 16:29
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 17:43
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/7958

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