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The spatial diffusion of social conformity: the case of voting participation

Coleman, Stephen (2010): The spatial diffusion of social conformity: the case of voting participation.

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Abstract

Social interaction combined with social conformity spreads attitudes and behaviors through a society. This paper examines such a process geographically for compliance with the norm that good citizens should vote. The diffusion of conformist behavior affects the local degree of conformity with the norm and produces highly specific and predictable patterns of behavior across a country. These are demonstrated with qualitative and quantitative spatial analysis of voter turnout in the United States and Russia.

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