Social Context and Campaign Volatility in New Democracies : Networks and Neighborhoods in Brazil ’ s 2002 Elections

@inproceedings{Baker2006SocialCA,
  title={Social Context and Campaign Volatility in New Democracies : Networks and Neighborhoods in Brazil ’ s 2002 Elections},
  author={Andy Baker},
  year={2006}
}
In new democracies party systems are often young, so partisan cues and roots in the electorate tend to be weak. The results, in many instances, include volatile campaigns with comparatively high degrees of short-term preference change among voters. We explore the mechanisms of voter volatility and, more broadly, the ways in which citizens learn about issues and candidates in weak-party systems. We claim that citizens in such settings rely heavily upon persuasive information gathered from their… CONTINUE READING
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