contributes to the debate on the votingbehaviour of immigrant
populations. We know that socio- economic status (SES) is a primary de-
terminant of individual political participation (Verba, Schlozman, and
Brady 1995), and it is readily assumed that this applies equally to ethnic-
minority group members. Leighley (2001), however, stressed that contex-
tual characteristics such as candidate and group mobilization are equally
important in understanding ethnic- minority political participation.
Indeed, individuals of lower social status rely on collective mobilization
Robert R. Alford is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin. He is the author of Party and Society, a
comparative study of votingbehaviour in the Anglo-American
Ivan Avakumovic is Associate Professor Political Science at the
University of British Columbia.
Morris Davis teaches Political Science at Tulane University. He is
the author of Iceland Extends Its Fisheries Limits: A Political Analy-
~ ( 1963) and of several articles on interest groups and on public
Leon Dion is the head of the
choice and votingbehaviour. In addition to featuring several prominent
Canadian scholars, the collection includes chapters by leading scholars
from the United States and Europe.
peter john loewen is a professor in the Department of Political Science
and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the Univer-
sity of Toronto.
daniel rubenson is an associate professor in the Department of Politics
and Public Administration at Ryerson University.
DUTY AND CHOICE
The Evolution of the Study of Voting and Voters
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Group Interests in • s. D. C L A R K
THE GROWING INTEREST in the study of the votingbehaviour of the
Canadian people reflects an increasing maturity in the science of politics
in Canada. By means of such study we are on the way to knowing a good
deal more than we now know about the kind of forces in our society
that determine people's political preferences and attachments. In parti-
cular, it may be expected that from the study of votingbehaviour will
come a much greater recognition of the part played in Canadian political
life by such group