Information and Elections / Edition 1

Information and Elections / Edition 1

by R. Michael Alvarez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472085751

ISBN-13: 9780472085750

Pub. Date: 02/15/1999

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

R. Michael Alvarez examines how voters make their decisions in presidential elections. He begins with the assumption that voters have neither the incentive nor the inclination to be well-informed about politics and presidential candidates. Candidates themselves have incentives to provide ambiguous information about themselves, their records and their issue

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R. Michael Alvarez examines how voters make their decisions in presidential elections. He begins with the assumption that voters have neither the incentive nor the inclination to be well-informed about politics and presidential candidates. Candidates themselves have incentives to provide ambiguous information about themselves, their records and their issue positions. Yet the author shows that a tremendous amount of information is made available about presidential candidates. And he uncovers clear and striking evidence that people are not likely to vote for candidates about whom they know very little. Alvarez explores how voters learn about candidates through the course of a campaign. He provides a detailed analysis of the media coverage of presidential campaigns and shows that there is a tremendous amount of media coverage of these campaigns, that much of this coverage is about issues and is informative, and that voters learn from this coverage.

The paperback edition of this work has been updated to include information on the 1996 Presidential election.

Information and Elections is a book that will be read by all who are interested in campaigns and electoral behavior in presidential and other elections.

"Thoughtfully conceptualized, painstakingly analyzed, with empirically significant conclusions on presidential election voting behavior, this book is recommended for both upper-division undergraduate and graduate collections." —Choice

R. Michael Alvarez is Associate Professor of Political Science, California Institute of Technology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472085750
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
02/15/1999
Series:
Michigan Studies in Political Analysis Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Elections, Information, and Campaigns7
Ch. 3The Theory of Uncertainty and Elections25
Ch. 4Measuring Uncertainty53
Ch. 5Modeling Uncertainty and Voting77
Ch. 6The Causes of Uncertainty93
Ch. 7Information, Issues, and Candidate Evaluations109
Ch. 8Information and Voting Decisions143
Ch. 9Campaigns and Uncertainty157
Ch. 10The Dynamics of Uncertainty171
Ch. 11Information and Elections203
App. A: Data and Models for Chapter 4211
App. B: Derivations for Chapter 5213
App. C: Data and Models for Chapter 6219
App. D: Data and Models for Chapter 7227
App. E: Data and Models for Chapter 8237
References243
Index253

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