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If Extremists Vote How Do They Express Themselves? An Empirical Test of an Expressive Theory of Voting

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  • Greene, Kenneth V
  • Nelson, Phillip J
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    The expressive theory of voting needs more specification of the motives for expression if it is not merely to be a theory of non-instrumental voting. Brennan and Hamlin (1998) provide such a specification. Unfortunately, using individual U.S. data from the General Social Surveys we find their predictions are contradicted. Nor if other evidence in the literature purported to be evidence of expressive voting actually implied by it. We believe that this is because the reason people express themselves in voting is to signal others. Copyright 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

    Volume (Year): 113 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 3-4 (December)
    Pages: 425-36

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:113:y:2002:i:3-4:p:425-36

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    1. Stephen Drinkwater & Colin Jennings, 2012. "An Analysis of the Electoral Use of Policy on Law and Order by New Labour," Working Papers 1208, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.
    2. Alan Hamlin & Colin Jennings, 2009. "Expressive Political Behaviour: Foundations, Scope and Implications," Working Papers 0918, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.
    3. Chun-chieh Wang, 2012. "Expressive voting, vanishing moderate voters, and divergent ideologies," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(4), pages 2727-2733.
    4. Gebhard Kirchgässner & Tobias Schulz, 2005. "Expected Closeness or Mobilisation: Why Do Voters Go to the Polls? Empirical Results for Switzerland, 1981 – 1999," CESifo Working Paper Series 1387, CESifo Group Munich.
    5. Christopher Blattman, 2008. "From Violence to Voting: War and political participation in Uganda," Working Papers 138, Center for Global Development.

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