Personality is a consequential source of individual differences. Personality traits have been identified that shape a wide range of facets of a person’s life across an impressive variety of contexts. Recently, some suggestive evidence has been gathered that supports the notion that personality traits are linked to many aspects of political behavior. The empirical link is comparable in importance to that of classical socio-demographic or attitudinal factors. However, research on the impact of personality on voter turnout and political behavior is at its infancy and the number of empirical studies addressing this question is limited.
This workshop aims to provide an appropriate setting to discuss this exciting new topic in a comprehensive way. We are especially interested in papers that address the following questions: <br> 1) Which personality traits influence voter turnout and political participation? <br> 2) How is personality related to other explanatory factors of electoral participation, such as political attitudes? <br> 3) How does personality interact with contextual factors?<br> 4) How should explanatory models of electoral and political participation including personality be specified? This workshop is supported by the ECPR Standing Group on Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour in Comparative Perspective