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Competing motives in the partisan mind : how loyalty and responsiveness shape party identification and democracy

Author: Eric W Groenendyk
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Series: Series in political psychology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Party identification may be the single most powerful predictor of voting behavior, yet scholars continue to disagree whether this is good or bad for democracy. Some argue that party identification functions as a highly efficient information shortcut, guiding voters to candidates that represent their interests. Others argue that party identification biases voters' perceptions, thereby undermining accountability.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eric W Groenendyk
ISBN: 9780199969807 0199969809
OCLC Number: 829645880
Description: xviii, 197 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
A dual motivations theory --
Identity justification : identifying with the "lesser of two evils" --
Identity justification : issue reprioritization --
Cognitive resources and resistance to identity change --
Motivation and measurement error --
The paradox of partisan responsiveness --
Motivation and democracy --
References.
Series Title: Series in political psychology.
Responsibility: Eric W. Groenendyk.
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Party identification may be the single most powerful predictor of voting behavior, yet scholars disagree whether this is good or bad for democracy. Competing Motives in the Partisan Mind provides a  Read more...

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