Leaders' Personalities and the Outcomes of Democratic Elections


This unique edited volume by some of the leading scholars in the field, examines the importance, or non-importance, of the personalities of political leaders in determining the outcomes of democratic elections. The book argues, contrary to conventional wisdom, that relatively few voters are swayed by candidates' personal characteristics. Their findings imply that modern democratic pointers is not nearly as candidate-cent red and personality-orientated as is often supposed. They also suggest that parties' policies and their performance in office usually count for far more than the men and women they chose as their leaders.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Anthony King
  • Larry M. Bartels
  • Roy Pierce
  • Richard Johnston
  • Timothy J. Colton
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Oxford, England
Publication year:
  • 2002


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