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Sequential vote choice: Applying a consideration set model of heterogeneous decision processes

Journal article
Authors Henrik Oscarsson
Maria Oskarson
Published in Electoral Studies
Volume 57
Pages 275-283
ISSN 0261-3794
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 275-283
Language en
Subject categories Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


This article analyzes the relative effects of a classic set of long-term and short-term determinants of party choice by treating voters' decision processes as a two-stage heterogeneous process. Departing from a consideration set model of voting behavior (CSM), we use panel data collected in Sweden in 2014 to analyze which voters considered voting for more than one party. To evaluate the CSM approach we estimate the relative effects of long-term and short-term determinants, for different parts of the electorate and at different stages of the decision process. Results confirm that the choice process for the ‘considering kind’ of voters is influenced by another mix of long-term and short-determinants than stable and party identified voters. Findings suggest that continued analyses of multi-stage decision making may bring new insights into electoral behavior. We argue that the core ideas of CSM – the sequential decision-making process and heterogeneity in the impact of long-term and short-term determinants – are generally applicable for analyses of voting behavior.

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