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Consideration set models of electoral choice: Theory, method, and application

Journal article
Authors Henrik Oscarsson
M. Rosema
Published in Electoral Studies
Volume 57
Pages 256-262
ISSN 0261-3794
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 256-262
Language en
Keywords vote choice, elimination, inclusion, Government & Law
Subject categories Political Science


In electoral research, decisions by voters are usually analysed as if they choose at once from the whole set of all competing parties or candidates. Consideration Set Models (CSM) posit that voters choose differently, namely in two stages. In the first stage, they exclude certain choice options and create a consideration set of viable options, while in the second stage they choose from within this set. This paper, which serves as an introduction to a special symposium about consideration set models of electoral choice, outlines the theoretical foundations of these models and discusses three methodological issues: research design, measurement, and statistical modelling. More specifically, we recommend the use of pre-election panel surveys, direct measures of electoral consideration sets, and statistical models suitable for analysing dichotomous variables and voter-party dyads. Furthermore, we briefly summarise the other contributions to this symposium and sketch some avenues for their application in future research.

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