[Video] Voting & Elections: New Annual Reviews article explains the surprising factors that influence voter behavior

In this video, Richard Holden, Professor of Economics at UNSW Australia Business School, and author of this comprehensive review, sheds light on the democratic process and the surprising factors that influence how people vote.


The review presents existing social-science research that helps us think through the voting process, including how electoral boundaries are drawn, the redistricting process, what might explain the high incumbent reelection rate in the United States, and how geography influences voting. All this has particular relevance in today’s context of highly polarized and partisan politics that encourages nefarious practices like gerrymandering to win votes. Professor Holden’s review suggests that social science can be a powerful tool to support a healthy and transparent democratic process in an increasingly complex political climate. 


For more information about the latest research regarding the electoral process, see Professor Holden's review at: http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-lawsocsci-110615-084704