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  1. Week 1:1 Introduction 3 items
    These are the three main references for this course.
    1. Citizen politics : public opinion and political parties in advanced industrial democracies / Russell J. Dalton, University of California, Irvine. - 64VUW

      Book Required Chapter 1: Introduction. This is a good first reading to open up the issues. The entire book is recommended as a text for this course, available at Vicbooks for $120 and much more cheaply as an ebook on Kindle and probably other platforms - but not in the library in e-version, unfortunately.

    2. A Bark But No Bite: Inequality and the 2014 New Zealand General Election - Jack Vowles, Hilde Coffé, Jennifer Curtin 21/08/2017

      Book  This is a good introduction to how electoral studies are currently conducted in New Zealand.

    3. The Routledge Handbook of Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion 2017

      Book  The is very recent publication which represents summaries of 'the state of the art' across many of the topics in this course. Browse it frequently - we have only made a few specific chapter links as yet.

  2. Week 1:2 Elections and Democracy 6 items
    1. Capitalism, socialism and democracy - Joseph A. Schumpeter, Joseph E. Stiglitz 2010

      Book  Part IV, within that XX thru XX11 to the end of II

    2. Citizen politics: public opinion and political parties in advanced industrial democracies - Russell J. Dalton 2014

      Book Required Chapter 11, 'Political Representation'

    3. Representation: Edmund Burke, Speech to the Electors of Bristol

      Webpage Recommended Various versions of this speech, some with the original spelling, are available on the web and from library search engines. Some also include useful interpretation.

  3. Week 2:1 Political Knowledge and Public Opinion 7 items
    1. The Routledge Handbook of Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion - Justin Fisher, , Edward Fieldhouse, , Mark N. Franklin, , Rachel Gibson, , Marta Cantijoch, , and Christopher Wlezien 2017

      Book  Jennifer VanHeerde-Hudson, ‘Political Knowledge: measurement, misinformation, and turnout’

    2. The Routledge Handbook of Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion - Justin Fisher, , Edward Fieldhouse, , Mark N. Franklin, , Rachel Gibson, , Marta Cantijoch, , and Christopher Wlezien 2017

      Book  Oddbjorn Knutsen, ‘Attitudes, Values, and Belief Systems’

  4. Week 2:2 Surveys and Polling 11 items
    1. Political Communication in Britain: Polling, Campaigning and Media in the 2015 General Election - SpringerLink (Online service) 2017 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Chapters: Polls and their context, Polls and their performance

    2. Do Polls Influence the Vote?

      Document  André Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil, and Neil Nevitte From Capturing Campaign Effects, Richard Johnston and Henry Brady ed., Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006, 280-306.

    3. Ian McAllister, ’Bandwagon, underdog, or projection? Opinion polls and electoral choice in Britain, 1979–1987’

      Journal  Ian McAllister, ’Bandwagon, underdog, or projection? Opinion polls and electoral choice in Britain, 1979–1987’ The Journal of Politics, 53, 3, 720-741, 1991

    4. The Freedom to Publish Opinion Poll Results, 2012

      Document  The Freedom to Publish Opinion Poll Results, 2012

    5. The Routledge Handbook of Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion - Justin Fisher, , Edward Fieldhouse, , Mark N. Franklin, , Rachel Gibson, , Marta Cantijoch, , and Christopher Wlezien 2017

      Book  Robert S. Eriksen, ‘The Stability of Political Attitudes”

  5. Week 3:1 Voting Turnout 6 items
    1. Citizen politics: public opinion and political parties in advanced industrial democracies - Russell J. Dalton 2014

      Book Required Read Chapter 3 - "How We Participate", and Chapter 4 - "Who Participates"

    2. Getting out the Vote: Party Mobilization in a Comparative Perspective - Jeffrey A. Karp, Susan A. Banducci and Shaun Bowler 2008

      Article Recommended

    3. Opening the Can of Worms: Most Existing Studies of Aggregate Level Turnout are Meaningless - Jonathan mname Mellon, Geoffrey mname Evans, Edward A. mname Fieldhouse, Jane mname Green 2018

      Article 

    4. A Bark But No Bite: Inequality and the 2014 New Zealand General Election - Jack Vowles, Hilde Coffé, Jennifer Curtin 21/08/2017

      Book  Chapter 11: Inequalities in Participation

    5. The Routledge Handbook of Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion - Justin Fisher, , Edward Fieldhouse, , Mark N. Franklin, , Rachel Gibson, , Marta Cantijoch, , and Christopher Wlezien 2017

      Book 

  6. Week 3:2 Ideological Dimensions 7 items
    1. Citizen politics: public opinion and political parties in advanced industrial democracies - Russell J. Dalton 2014

      Book Required Read Chapter 7 - "Elections and Political Parties"

    2. New Zealand Political Parties' Policies - Gibbons, Matthew

      Article  Strictly optional, but does consider NZ parties' policies.

    3. The standard left-right dimension

      Document  I suggest concentrating on pages 2-5.

    4. How Trump Lost and Won - John Sides, Michael Tesler, Lynn Vavreck 2017

      Article Recommended A short recent article on identity politics.

  7. Week 4.1 Class and Voting 5 items
    1. Citizen politics: public opinion and political parties in advanced industrial democracies - Russell J. Dalton 2014

      Book Required Read Chapter 8 - "The Social Bases of Party Support"

    2. A Bark But No Bite: Inequality and the 2014 New Zealand General Election - Jack Vowles, Hilde Coffé, Jennifer Curtin 21/08/2017

      Book  Chapter 4, The Social Foundations of Voting Behaviour

  8. Week 4:2: Ethnicity and voting 5 items
    1. Candidate Ethnicity and Vote Choice in Britain - Stephen D. Fisher, Anthony F. Heath, David Sanders, Maria Sobolewska 10/2015

      Article 

    2. Turnout and social fractionalisation - Ignacio Lago, Sandra Bermúdez, Marc Guinjoan, Pablo Simón 05/2018

      Article 

  9. Week 5:1 Economic Voting 9 items
    1. Democracy for realists: why elections do not produce responsive government - Christopher H. Achen, Larry M. Bartels, Ebooks Corporation 2016

      Book Required Chapters 5 and 6

    2. Digging into the Pocketbook: Evidence on Economic Voting from Income Registry Data Matched to a Voter Survey - ANDREW J. HEALY, MIKAEL PERSSON, ERIK SNOWBERG 11/2017

      Article Recommended This is the most advanced article on the topic and reviews the literature well

    3. Economic Models of Voting

      Chapter Recommended This is older than the below source, which is by the same authors, and therefore less relevant. However, it may still be of interest. Most of the articles referred to can be viewed for free through the library catalogue

    4. Economic Voting - Political Science - Oxford Bibliographies

      Webpage Recommended An interesting summary of the literature. This is more up to date than the above and therefore more relevant. Most of the articles discussed can be accessed for free through the library catalogue

    5. Comparing democracies 3: elections and voting in the 21st century - Lawrence LeDuc, Richard G. Niemi, Pippa Norris 2010

      Book Supplementary See chapter 9, Elections and the Economy, pp. 184-201. Discusses how greater polarization reduces economic voting.

    6. Comparing democracies 4: elections and voting in a changing world 2014

      Chapter Supplementary See chapter 7, The Elusive Economic Vote'. The author finds the results are complex and contingent. You may decide you already have enough sources and skip this chapter.

  10. Week 5:2 Alignment, Dealignment and Realignment 4 items
    1. The Politics of Advanced Capitalism edited by Pablo Beramendi

      Book Required Chapter 7: 'Party Alignments, Change and Continuity'. Kitschelt and Rehm

    2. : The New Deal Realignment in Real Time - Helmut Norpoth, Andrew H. Sidman, Clara H. Suong 03/2013

      Article 

  11. Week 6:1 Psychology, Personality, and Genetics 3 items
    1. Candidate Genes and Political Behavior - EVAN CHARNEY, WILLIAM ENGLISH 02/2012

      Article 

    2. Personality and Civic Engagement: An Integrative Framework for the Study of Trait Effects on Political Behavior - JEFFERY J. MONDAK, MATTHEW V. HIBBING, DAMARYS CANACHE, MITCHELL A. SELIGSON 02/2010

      Article 

  12. Week 7:1 Gender and Voting 8 items
    1. Citizen politics: public opinion and political parties in advanced industrial democracies - Russell J. Dalton 2014

      Book Required Read Chapter 4 - "Who Participates"

    2. Gender in Politics - Pamela Paxton, Sheri Kunovich, Melanie M. Hughes 08/2007

      Article  An important source on the political participation and representation of women. It also considers whether women make a difference to policy outcomes

    3. The Gender Gap in Voting Revisited: Women's Party Preferences in a European Context - S. Abendschon, S. Steinmetz 01/06/2014

      Article  An interesting example about Europe that widens the number of unique authors you are exposed to.

    4. The Gender Gap in U.S. Presidential Elections: When? Why? Implications? - Jeff Manza, Clem Brooks 1998

      Journal Required This article is relatively old, but considers the gender gap in detail. The discussion section on p. 1259 remains highly relevant.

    5. Gender and party choice at the 2011 New Zealand general election - Hilde Coffe 01/06/2013

      Article Recommended The literature review remains highly relevant, but 'A bark but no bite' has 2014 data

    6. Same Game, Different Rules? Gender Differences in Political Participation - Hilde Coffé, Catherine Bolzendahl 2010-3

      Article  An important source that looks at 18 countries with western cultures.

    7. Women’s Political Empowerment Through Public Opinion Research: The Citizen Perspective - Amy C. Alexander, Hilde Coffé

      Chapter  This chapter considers both developed and developing countries, and therefore the results sometimes differ from publications that just consider developed countries.

    8. Betty Ford: Feminist, Social Liberal, Republican | The Nation

      Article  A brief article on the period when the Republicans tried to appeal to well-off socially liberal voters. Try googling Betty Ford social liberalism for more on this topic.

  13. Week 8:2 Strategic Voting 3 items
    1. Comparing Strategic Voting Under FPTP and PR - Paul R. Abramson, John H. Aldrich, André Blais, Matthew Diamond 01/2010

      Article Required

    2. Citizens, Context, and Choice - Russell J. Dalton, Christopher J. Anderson 01/12/2010

      Book Required Chapter 8: Strategic Defection Across Elections, Parties, and Voters' - Blais and Gschwend

  14. Week 9:2 Issue voting and campaigning 4 items
    1. Citizen politics: public opinion and political parties in advanced industrial democracies - Russell J. Dalton 2014

      Book  See chapter 10, 'Attitudes and electoral behaviour'

    2. The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations of Party Politics - Richard Johnston, Michael G. Hagen, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson 2004

      Book 

    3. Downs, Stokes and the Dynamics of Electoral Choice - David Sanders, Harold D. Clarke, Marianne C. Stewart, Paul Whiteley 2011-4

      Article Recommended This is a useful article. I suggest concentrating on the introduction and the summary and conclusion.

  15. Week 10.1 Media and agenda-setting 4 items
    1. Dead Newspapers and Citizens’ Civic Engagement - Lee Shaker 02/01/2014

      Article  The abstract summarises this article well. Note that the remaining journalists at the Denver Post recently advertised to see if they could attract an owner less focussed on cost cutting and short term profit taking.

    2. Setting the agenda: the mass media and public opinion - Maxwell E. McCombs, Ebooks Corporation 2014

      Book  See chapter 3 on agenda setting

    3. Selective Exposure to Cable News and Immigration in the U.S.: The Relationship Between FOX News, CNN, and Attitudes Toward Mexican Immigrants - Homero Gil de Zúñiga, Teresa Correa, Sebastian Valenzuela 10/2012

      Article Recommended An interesting recent article on selective media consumption.

  16. Week 10.2 Media effects and voting 7 items
    1. The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations of Party Politics - Richard Johnston, Michael G. Hagen, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson 2004

      Book Recommended See chapter 4 on ads and news. A key graph is on page 86, and there is a nice summary on page 93.

    2. The Routledge Handbook of Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion 2017

      Book Recommended See Justin Fisher, chapter 23, 'Persuasion and mobilization effects by parties and candidates' and Susan Banducci, chapter 25, 'The role of the mass media in shaping public opinion and voter behaviour'.

    3. Setting the agenda: the mass media and public opinion - Maxwell E. McCombs, Ebooks Corporation 2014

      Book Recommended See chapter 6.

    4. Do the media have a direct effect on the vote?

      Document Supplementary An example of when media effects do not seem to be very big.

    5. Pressed into Party Support? Media Influence on Partisan Attitudes during the 2005 UK General Election Campaign - Heinz Brandenburg, Marcel Van Egmond 2012-4

      Article Supplementary This looks at the effects of national British newspapers on evaluations of parties, rather than voting, but is still of interest. The partisanship of British national newspapers makes their influence similar, in some respects, to partisan webpages. This article may therefore also be of interest to those writing about social media.

    6. Do the Media Have a Direct Impact on the Vote? The Case of the 1997 Canadian Election - A. Dobrzynska 2003-3-1

      Article Supplementary An example of when the campaign had little effect on voting or the outcome at the end of the campaign. The first link did not work. hence I've added this link again.

    7. Do the Media Have a Direct Impact on the Vote? The Case of the 1997 Canadian Election - A. Dobrzynska 2003-3-1

      Article Supplementary An instance when an election campaign had little effect on the final vote. I've put this up again as the link wasn't working.

  17. Week 11.1 Social media and voting 5 items
    1. The Routledge Handbook of Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion 2017

      Book  See Semetko and Tworzecki, chapter 24, 'Campaign strategies, media and voters: The fourth era of political communication'. And also Ward, Gibson and Cantijoch, chapter 26, 'Digital campaigning'.

    2. Fake News and The Economy of Emotions - Vian Bakir, Andrew McStay 07/02/2018

      Article Recommended An important article on targeted news.

    3. The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, explained with a simple diagram - Vox

      Webpage Recommended An unrefereed discussion of how Cambridge Analytica harvested data on Facebook uses.

  18. Week 11:2 Studying NZ Elections 12 items
    1. Can Social Media Predict Election Results? Evidence From New Zealand - Michael P. Cameron, Patrick Barrett, Bob Stewardson 10/2016

      Article Recommended

    2. Strategic coalition voting: Evidence from New Zealand - Shaun Bowler, Jeffrey A. Karp, Todd Donovan 2010-9

      Article Recommended

    3. MMP After Twenty Years: Vowles 2016

      Document Recommended Ignore any error messages and keep clicking until you get to the pdf.

    4. Party system change and negative campaigning in New Zealand - Travis N Ridout, Annemarie S Walter 11/2015

      Article Recommended

  19. Week 12:1 The 2017 Election and Populism 0 items
  20. Labour on the up and up

    Webpage  An interesting blog on using social media to detect changes in public opinion. Note that this blog is not refereed