Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Library Instruction Specialist, Northeastern University Libraries
Published in association with the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association, Political Behavior is available in print and online through SpringerLink. It contains “original articles in the general fields of political behavior, institutions, processes, and policies.” Interdisciplinary research here explores the range of political behavior of individuals, small groups, and large organizations (such as political parties, interest groups, political action committees, government agencies), and the mass media. This exploration includes “psychological aspects of attitude, motivations and perceptions and sociological orientation of roles, group or class or political stance in decision making, coalitions and influence.”
Original papers in recent issues demonstrate this diversity, with research such as “I Knew it All Along! Evaluating Time-of-Decision Measures in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign,” “The Ideological Effects of Framing Threat on Immigration and Civil Liberties,” and “Justifying Party Identification: A Case of Identifying with the ‘Lesser of Two Evils.” The authors of the research in Political Behavior come from a variety of disciplines, including political science, communication, sociology, psychology and economics.
The SpringerLink platform provides additional content through a link to Online First Articles, which are accepted articles not yet assigned to an issue. A table of contents type feature on SpringerLink provides details about the article. A search for the article: “The Stained Glass Ceiling: Social Contact and Mitt Romney’s ‘Religion Problem’” retrieved the article as well as a menu for Within this Article, with links to sections such as Mormons as a Religious Out-Group, Social Contact and the Impact of Campaign Information, Survey Experiments and Findings, The Impact of the Out-Group Status of Mormons, The Impact of Campaign Information About Mormons, A Piece of the Puzzle, and References.
Recommended reading for political scientists and others studying voting behavior and elections.