Sharlamanov, Kire and Jovanoski, Aleksandar (2014) MODELS OF VOTING. Journal of Arts, Science & Commerce, 5 (1). pp. 16-24. ISSN 2231-4172

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Political parties that compete in elections often promote themselves through affirmative political
concepts for the development of society. Expectedly, in their functioning, through the ideological
determination and the institutional foundation, political parties express serious mutual differences,
especially in terms of the values on which they base their public policies, the perspectives for
the development of the society, and the separate social areas. Taking this into consideration, political
parties also differ according to the credibility that they enjoy in the public. However, when making
the decision of which party to give their vote in the elections, citizens are guided by different
motives. Few viewpoints dominate in the theories of voting which try to explain the electoral
behavior of voters. This text aims to synthesize the cognitions offered in the theories of voting and
to answer the following questions: Why is some citizens voting? Why is he voting for one party and
not for another political party? Why do most citizens vote for a certain political party and not for
another one? Do they do this because they belong to a certain social group, social layer, religious
community or another factor for shaping the collective affiliations? Does the voting behavior
determine the feeling of loyalty to a particular social group and to what extent? Is it a matter of
personal interest? In an attempt to answer these questions in the work, once again we return to the
dominant theories of voting (the sociological or Columbia approach to voting, the psychological or
Michigan approach, and the economic one). Also, the work contains a short representation of the
latest and insufficiently formed model of voting called model of the dominant ideology.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Political science
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Prof. d-r. Aleksandar Jovanoski
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2021 08:21
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2021 08:21

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