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The Causes and Consequences of Registering with a Political Party

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dc.contributor.advisor McDonald, Michael P. Thornburg, Matthew P.
dc.creator Thornburg, Matthew P. en_US 2013-08-09T15:38:05Z 2013-08-09T15:38:05Z 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract In 31 states, individuals have the option of affiliating with a party when they register to vote. I explore the decision to register with a political party and its effects on an individual's attitudes and behaviors. I find that the decision to register with a party is influenced by a combination of expressive and instrumental motives and is dependent on the electoral laws in place in a state and local political conditions. Once voters initially register with a party, the costs to changing that registration act as a barrier, keeping individuals registered with the same party over time. Party registration is also shown to affect the party an individual chooses to identify with. Taken together, these facts potentially lead to individuals being anchored to a political party identification when they might otherwise choose to identify with a different party.
dc.format.extent 146 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 Matthew P. Thornburg en_US
dc.subject Political Science en_US
dc.subject Psychology en_US
dc.subject electoral institutions en_US
dc.subject electoral realignments en_US
dc.subject party affiliation en_US
dc.subject party identification en_US
dc.subject party registration en_US
dc.subject political behavior en_US
dc.title The Causes and Consequences of Registering with a Political Party en_US
dc.type Dissertation en Doctoral en Political Science en George Mason University en

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