Top 5 Most Popular Articles from Electoral Studies Available for Free Download Through End of October!

by Joshua Tucker on August 22, 2013 · 2 comments

in Academia,Campaigns and elections,Comparative Politics,Journal Collaboration

What a great idea! Elsevier Press has decided to make the 5 most popular articles from Electoral Studies during the first half of the year available for free download through the end of October. (Caveat: I am on the Board of Editors of Electoral Studies, but had nothing to do with this decision.) Would love to see more political science journals adopting such a policy, and would be happy to give a similar shout out in The Monkey Cage if any publishers are interested.

Here are the five articles with links:

1) Explaining voter turnout: A review of aggregate-level research

2) Democratic electoral systems around the world, 1946-2000

3) Understanding unequal turnout: Education and voting in comparative perspective

4) The embarrassment of riches? A meta-analysis of individual-level research on voter turnout

5) Civic duty and turnout in the UK referendum on AV: What shapes the duty to vote?


Although I am mainly reporting this as a public service announcement, it is also pretty interesting to note that four of these five article are on turnout (and the fifth is an article accompanying an extremely popular dataset), and two are meta-analyses of previous studies.  Are we witnessing a renaissance of the study of turnout?  A growing popularity of meta-analyses in political science?

{ 2 comments }

Stan August 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Political science is CRYING out for new dependent variables beyond voting in the same way that labor economists would do well to analyze outcomes beyond wages in the CPS. Talk about upping the snooze factor…

Scott McClurg August 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

I see it the other way around Stan — voting remains an important dependent variable in understanding governance, but we’re in dire need of new ways to understand it. Recognizing the comparative patterns and breaking away from the (very American) resources model is a good start.* But to each his/her own.

*On this score, I strong recommend Meredith Rolfe’s book “Voter Turnout.” Its rather clever in my opinion.

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