Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Kimberly H. Conger

Second Advisor

Mack Shelley

Third Advisor

Ray Dearin

Abstract

I provide an account of the psychological elements that combine within an actor, motivating them to vote. Political scientists have written extensively on voter turnout, however, no one has attempted to explain turnout based primarily on political culture. Political culture has improved our understanding of states, parties, and elections alike. This thesis uses political culture in an ordinal scale as the primary explanatory variable in an OLS regression. Political culture has rarely been used as an explanatory variable and to my knowledge never as an ordinal scale. I posit that political culture, like a sense of civic duty, or any other "interpersonal influence" can and does become a motivating force in an actor's decision to vote and acts as a long-term aggregate psychological influence in the act of voting and as. This relationship is explored via the use of data from the 2004 presidential election.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-7894

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Narren Jonah Brown

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1454623

OCLC Number

289333753

ISBN

9780549684985

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

59 pages

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