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Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics$
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Leif Lewin

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277255

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198277253.001.0001

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Does the Voter Follow his Pocket‐Book?

Does the Voter Follow his Pocket‐Book?

(p.29) 2 Does the Voter Follow his Pocket‐Book?
Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics

Leif Lewin (Contributor Webpage)

, Donald Lavery
Oxford University Press

Political choices of voters are examined by discussing a large number of empirical studies. The aim is to test the pocketbook hypothesis that states that voters are following their economic rational self‐interest.

The author presents and discusses analysed cases of voters choices in the US, Western Europe, Canada, and Japan. He concludes that results of electoral research disapprove the pocketbook hypothesis.

Keywords:   electoral research, pocketbook hypothesis, rational‐choice theory, self‐interest

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