Voter Group Identification

4 April 2015
Theoretical & empirical exploration of three ways that identification with group (religious, economic, political) increases an individual’s likelihood of voting.

THE ROLE OF GROUP IDENTIFICATION ON A VOTER’S DECISION TO
CAST A BALLOT
Introduction
This paper develops and defends the notion that group identification increases the likelihood that an individual will decide to vote (as opposed to deciding not to vote) in any given election. The notion is developed and defended on both theoretical and empirical grounds.
The paper itself can be divided into three sections. The first section offers a brief delineation of the Rational Choice and Collective Action models of political/voting behavior, justifying their use in the development of the group identification/decision-to-vote relationship on the grounds that they have been frequently used as explanative frameworks for..
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