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Character Politics? assesses the position that voters' perceptions and reviews of leaders play in democratic elections. The booklet offers facts from an array of nations with varied old and institutional contexts, and employs leading edge methodologies to figure out the significance of leaders in democracies world wide.

Addressing such questions as 'Where do leaders results come from?', 'In which institutional contexts are chief results extra important?' and, 'To which sorts of electorate are leaders a extra famous issue for vote casting behaviour?', the authors search to figure out even if the jobs leaders play complements or damages the electoral strategy, and what impression this has at the caliber of democracy in electoral democracies today.

Marina Costa Lobo is a Political technology Researcher on the Social Sciences Institute of the collage of Lisbon. Her learn has keen on electoral behaviour and political associations. She is co-director of the Portuguese Election examine seeing that 2001. contemporary guides comprise Portugal on the Polls (with A. Freire and P. Magalhães) and educational articles in Political study Quarterly, eu magazine of Political study, Electoral reviews and social gathering Politics .

John Curtice is a Professor of Politics on the collage of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He used to be co-director of the British Election research from 1983 to 1997, is a former member of the steerage committee of the Comparative research of Electoral platforms undertaking, and has been a co-editor of the British Social Attitudes sequence on account that 1994. contemporary courses contain the increase of recent Labour (with A. Heath and R. Jowell) and Has Devolution introduced? (ed. With C. Bromley, D. McCrone and A. Park).

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A second research question addresses the issue of whether apolitical evaluations are as important in the context of parliamentary elections as in the context of presidential elections. Before turning to our research design, I will discuss the theoretical and empirical background of the political psychology literature.

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