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Voters and Voting in Context

Multiple Contexts and the Heterogeneous German Electorate
Voters and Voting in Context
Herausgeber/innen
Harald Schoen, Sigrid Roßteutscher, Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, Bernhard Weßels und Christof Wolf
Verlag
Oxford: Oxford University Press
9780198792130
320 Seiten, £65.00
Voters and Voting in Context investigates the role of context in affecting political opinion formation and voting behaviour. Building on a model of contextual effects on individual-level voter behaviour, the chapters of this volume explore contextual effects in Germany in the early twenty-first century.

The volume draws upon manifold combinations of individual and contextual information gathered in the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES) framework and employ advanced methods. In substantive terms, it investigates the impact of campaign communication on political learning, effects of media coverage on the perceived importance of political problems, and the role of electoral competition on candidate strategies and perceptions. It also examines the role of social and economic contexts as well as parties' policy stances in affecting electoral turnout. The volume explores the impact of social cues on candidate voting, effects of electoral arenas on vote functions, the role of media coverage on ideological voting, and effects of campaign communication on the timing of electoral decision-making.

Voters and Voting in Context demonstrates the key role of the processes of communication and politicization in bringing about contextual effects. Context thus plays a nuanced role in voting behaviour. The contingency of contextual effects suggests that they will become an important topic in research on political behaviour and democratic politics.

Die Legitimität direkter Demokratie

Wie demokratisch sind Volksabstimmungen?
Die Legitimität direkter Demokratie
Herausgeber/innen
Wolfgang Merkel und Claudia Ritzi
Verlag
Wiesbaden: Springer VS
978-3-658-16232-0
244 Seiten, € 44,99
Das sinkende Vertrauen der Bürger in ihre politischen Repräsentanten und die Entfremdung von den etablierten Parteien haben in den letzten Jahren zu einer Intensivierung der wissenschaftlichen Debatte um mehr direkte Demokratie geführt. Dieser Band fasst zentrale Argumente dieses Diskurses zusammen und untersucht anhand von theoretischen Reflexionen und empirischen Fallstudien die Legitimität direkter Demokratie. Es wird kritisch hinterfragt, ob Volksabstimmungen dazu in der Lage sind, zentrale Herausforderungen zeitgenössischer Demokratie erfolgreich zu bewältigen.