, it also relies on the use of words (a quali-
tative orientation) to make the correct interpretation of the results.
Similarly, qualitative methods often rely on quantitative information to
make a correct interpretation. In short, rather than being independent
approaches to the use of technology, the two are complementary meth-
odologies that support and enhance one another.1
A Brief History of Political Research Methods
Most of the research on the votingbehavior of citizens has focused on
investigative studies carried out in various social science fields.2 The
in the United Nations or the GA TT . Certainly, an analysis of the votingbehaviour of the European states in the United Nations shows a growing
trend to uniformity. '4 (The main dissident in recent years has been Greece .)
Quite probably , as European co-ordination on internal affairs grows in
importance, dissident votes on foreign affairs will entail increasing in-
ternal political costs . The energy which increasing internal co-ordination
on economic and social issues demands makes it less worthwhile to create
political tensions on non
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ing the civic square, building heights should be limited to nine storeys.
Citizens' apathy toward municipal elections continued to irk the Board
both as an indication of insufficient interest in the way the city was man-
aged and because it permitted the election to office of candidates posses-
sing inadequate qualifications. Campaigns to 'get out the vote' were regu-
larly conducted and surveys were made to determine the factors that
influenced votingbehaviour. Efforts were made to secure an improvement
of elective procedures, and the
political parties observe, one of the most important being that the
political party in power permits its rivals to exist. The two-party system
is a functionally appropriate way of mediating the "conservative" and
"progressive" social forces.
In his discussion of right and left in American politics Parsons argues
that the focus of the American right is the organization of the free
2Talcott Parsons, " 'Voting* and the Equilibrium of the American Political
System," in E. Burdick and A. J. Brodbeck, American VotingBehavior (Glencoe,
111., 1959), 80ff.
and older (p < 0.01).
19 Based on male-female differences in the percentage who “strongly
agree” with a value statement (p < 0.01).
20 See Inglehart, R., & Norris, P. (2000). The developmental theory of the
gender gap: Women’s and men’s votingbehavior in global perspective.
International Political Science Review 21 (4): 441–63; Soroka, S., Cutler,
F., Stolle, D., & Fournier, P. (June–July 2011). Capturing change
(and stability) in the 2011 campaign. Policy Options, pp. 70–7.
21 Based on a poll of 3,005 adults, February 2015.
22 Gray, J. (2004). Men
electioneering tactics that can be used to
win over customers in any marketplace. For example, Obama redefined
how to go about identifying who your potential customers are. Voters
who had not cast a ballot previous to the 2012 U.S. presidential election
were convinced to do so. At the same time, Obama used innovative
methods to encourage repeat votingbehavior among supporters from
2008 – some of them reluctant. All types of organizations are always
trying to find new customers and at the same time hold onto those they
already have. The Obama operatives
re-election is through the goodwill of a majority of the electorate. This is
assumed to be best secured through policies designed to guarantee that the
utility levels of individuals increase over the government's term of office.
There is now a substantial empirical literature on politico-economic models
which investigates the role of economic variables in both the votingbehaviour of
individuals and the economic policy responses of governments to voter preferen-
ces (for a summary of this literature see Bruno Frey' 5). A variety ofassumptions
13 For a
-room wheeler and
dealer upon whom rested the responsibility for delivering the requisite
finances and votes come election time. It also meant, however, that he
was dogged by allegations that he achieved these ends only because he
used his position as minister to threaten resource contractors in order to
84 The Conservatives, 1905–19
influence their votingbehaviour. Ferguson was renowned for the same
penchant. Peter Oliver, his biographer, notes that he had begun honing
his skills in this area long before he arrived in the Ontario Legislature.
For Hearst’s part, he
chapter 1 above.
17 Evidence to support this argument comes particularly from the comparative data presented
on the candidates in the 1966 Quebec provincial election.
18 For construction of all indexes in this section, see appendix c.
19 For a discussion of the relationship between political participation of children and parents,
see H. Renmers, 'Early Socialization of Attitudes,' in E. Burdeck and A.T. Brodbeck (eds),
American VotingBehavior (Glencoe: Free Press, 1959), 55-67.
20 The tendency for fathers of our respondents to have a strong interest in politics