ECPR Joint Sessions
Westälische Wilhelms-Universität, Munster
22 - 27 March 2010




Personality and Voter Turnout

Workshop Number
1
Workshop Director
Aina Gallego
BARCELONA, Universitat Autònoma de
Workshop Co-Director
André Blais
Université de Montréal

Abstract
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.
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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

Paper List


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Political Attitudes, Personality, and the Propensity to Vote View Paper Details
Control and Turnout View Paper Details
The Effects of Personality on Self-Reported and Actual Political Participation View Paper Details
Personality traits and political activity in Spain: direct, indirect, and conditional effects View Paper Details
Personality and Strategic Vote Decisions in Value-Based Elections View Paper Details
Does optimism drive voters to the polls and pessimism deter them from voting? View Paper Details
Personality and Strategic Vote Decisions in Value-Based Elections View Paper Details
Personality and Political Participation in South Korea View Paper Details
Introducing Heterogeneity in Explanations of Youngest Voter Turnout: the interaction of personality with contextual factors View Paper Details
Heightened Electoral Competition and 5HTT: A GxE Effect on Voter Turnout View Paper Details
Personality and Voter Mobilization View Paper Details
Investigating the Moral Foundations of Trust: The Relation between Human Values and Generalized Trust across Europe View Paper Details
Personality and the stability of political participation against the background of the 2009 German Federal election View Paper Details
A bureaucratic mind? Personality traits and voting behavior among government employees in an international comparison View Paper Details
The Development of Political Attitudes and Personality Traits View Paper Details
The effect of personality on electoral participation: results from the Finnish panel study of 1986–2009 View Paper Details
The effect of personality on electoral participation: results from the Finnish panel study of 1986–2009 View Paper Details
Agency, communion, the intention to vote and political attitudes View Paper Details
Leadership Personalities View Paper Details
The interrelation of personality, political attitudes and political behaviour: Empirical findings View Paper Details
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