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The spatial diffusion of social conformity: the case of voting participation

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  • Coleman, Stephen

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Social 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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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 23057.

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Date of creation: 03 Jun 2010
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:23057

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Keywords: social conformity; norm compliance; voting; spatial analysis; United States; Russia; mathematical model; diffusion;

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  1. Fosco, Constanza & Laruelle, Annick & Sánchez, Angel, 2009. "Turnout Intention and Social Networks," IKERLANAK, Universidad del País Vasco - Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico I 2009-34, Universidad del País Vasco - Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico I.
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