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Leaders' Personalities and the Outcomes of Democratic Elections

Anthony King


A widely held belief concerning democratic elections is that the votes of many individuals are influenced by their assessments of the competing candidates’ personalities and other personal characteristics and that, as a consequence, the outcomes of entire democratic elections are often decided by ‘personality factors’ of this type. Experts on the electoral politics of six countries – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Russia – set out to assess how far this emphasis on personality and personal characteristics is actually warranted by the available empirical evidence. Using ... More

Keywords: Britain, Canada, candidates' personal characteristics, candidates' personalities, democratic elections, election outcomes, France, Germany, Russia, United States, voters' behaviour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253135
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199253137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony King, editor
Department of Government, University of Essex
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