The author is grateful to the Editor of the Special Issue Kevin Lanning for his advice and continuous assistance, and to his friends Michael Bond, Albert Pepitone, and Michele Vecchione for their precious comments and suggestions to earlier version of this manuscript.
Will Democracy Win?
Article first published online: 5 AUG 2008
© 2008 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 64, Issue 3, pages 639–659, September 2008
How to Cite
Caprara, G. V. (2008), Will Democracy Win?. Journal of Social Issues, 64: 639–659. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2008.00581.x
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 5 AUG 2008
In reviewing the articles in this collection, four models of electoral participation are presented. Resources, party mobilization, electoral competition, and civic virtues are each important in driving turnout. Yet recent findings attest to the unique contribution of personality psychology in making sense of citizens' preferences and voting. A congruency-efficacy model is presented to account for both political preference and political participation and, ultimately, for voting. A cross-national and comparative view is recommended to fully appreciate the complexities of engagement in the key democratic process of voting.