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Nested citizens: macropolitics and microbehavior in comparative politics

Anderson, Christopher J. ORCID: 0000-0003-3198-4172 (2009) Nested citizens: macropolitics and microbehavior in comparative politics. In: Lichbach, Mark Irving and Zuckerman, Alan S., (eds.) Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure, Second Edition. Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics. Cambridge University Press, 314 - 332. ISBN 9780521885157

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Identification Number: 10.1017/CBO9780511804007.013


The focus in the behavioral study of politics is on individuals. As a subfield of political science, it examines actions (e.g., voting and protest) as well as cognitions (perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs); and as a subfield of comparative politics, it examines them in one, several, or many different countries. It encompasses the study of both cognition and action, in large part because we have long believed that attitudes and beliefs explain action, but also because we are convinced that, in addition to formal institutions or processes, cognitive elements of politics such as legitimacy, values, or grievances are important indicators of the quality and nature of democratic and political life. This chapter reviews the intellectual foundations of the behavioral study of politics, and it does so with an eye to its evolution as a subfield of comparative politics. It also discusses the field's affinities with different theoretical traditions in political science and comparative politics. I discuss both the past and present of how we study comparative mass politics and describe how it has been transformed because of changes in technology and intellectual trends and in reaction to real-world events. I argue that, as a result of these changes, the study of mass politics has become more central to the study of comparative politics through its ecumenical relations with different theoretical traditions in the social sciences and comparative politics. Mixed Ancestry: Origins of Research on Comparative Mass Politics Two intellectual projects underlie the comparative study of behavioral politics.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 15:12
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:21

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