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Duty and Choice

The Evolution of the Study of Voting and Voters

Edited by: Peter John Loewen and Daniel Rubenson

Organized into three sections focused on turnout, vote choice, and electoral systems, the volume seeks to provide novel insights into the most pressing questions for scholars of vote choice and voting behavior.

Author Information

LoewenPeter John:

Peter John Loewen is the Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance and an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Daniel Rubenson is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.


Christopher H. Achen, Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Princeton University :

"This volume contains thoughtful contributions from many of the most distinguished scholars working in the fields of voter turnout, vote choice, and electoral systems. It is a pleasure to follow their thinking as they assess what we know and what we need to do next."

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University:

"Duty and Choice is a collection of the highest quality and will be eagerly received by the field. The contributions breathe new life into the role of altruism and instrumentality in political participation, particularly the turnout decision."

Richard Johnston, Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia:

"Why do citizens turn out to vote, and what difference does it make if they do? How do electoral institutions shape what voters do and what they make of what they have done? A stellar group of scholars weighs in on these critical questions."

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;