- ISBN 10: 0199259003
- ISBN 13: 9780199259007
Political Leaders and Democratic Elections unravels and evaluates the importance of political leaders in the vote decision. Outcomes of legislative elections are typically reported in terms of party support: how many votes and seats were obtained by each party? But in fact voters are faced with three choices which must be folded into one. They must decide which party they prefer, but in doing so they also choose among the policies advocated by theseparties, and among the leaders who eventually have to enact them. This simple fact raises the question of the relative weight of these dimensions in vote choice, and particularly the relative importance of leaders.This volume systematically assesses the role of political leaders in the vote decision in nine democracies (Australia, Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United States), over a period of up to 50 years, using election surveys.
- Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.
- Format: Hardcover
- Edition: 1
- Date Published: 2010
- Authors: Kees Aarts, AndrÃÂ³e Blais, Hermann Schmitt