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Talking Locally and Voting Globally: Duverger’s Law and homogeneous discussion networks

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emily Clough


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The heterogeneity of discussion networks has been shown to have an effect on citizens' ideas and behavior. In this article, the author undertakes to show that the relative heterogeneity of political discussion networks affects voter coordination on two parties in a single-member plurality system. Specifically, if voters do not have access to polling information about the relative standing of candidates, voters whose discussion networks are ideologically heterogeneous are more likely to coordinate on two parties than voters whose discussion networks are ideologically homogeneous. The author examines this hypothesis using an agent-based model.

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Author(s): Clough E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Political Research Quarterly

Year: 2007

Volume: 60

Issue: 3

Pages: 531-540

ISSN (print): 1065-9129

ISSN (electronic): 1938-274X

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/1065912907305681


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