The spatial diffusion of social conformity: the case of voting participation
AbstractSocial interaction combined with social conformity spreads attitudes and behaviors through a society. This paper examines such a process geographically for compliance with the norm that good citizens should vote. The diffusion of conformist behavior affects the local degree of conformity with the norm and produces highly specific and predictable patterns of behavior across a country. These are demonstrated with qualitative and quantitative spatial analysis of voter turnout in the United States and Russia.
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Date of creation: 03 Jun 2010
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social conformity; norm compliance; voting; spatial analysis; United States; Russia; mathematical model; diffusion;
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- Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
- C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
- D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
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- NEP-CIS-2010-06-11 (Confederation of Independent States)
- NEP-POL-2010-06-11 (Positive Political Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2010-06-11 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-TRA-2010-06-11 (Transition Economics)
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