The Spatial Diffusion of Social Conformity in the United States and Russia: The Case of Voting Participation

33 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2018 Last revised: 9 Dec 2018

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Stephen Coleman

Metropolitan State University (retired)

Date Written: November 14, 2018

Abstract

Social interaction combined with social conformity spreads social norms, attitudes, and behaviors through a society. This research 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 analyses of voter turnout in the United States and Russia.

Keywords: social conformity, social norms, diffusion, spatial analysis, voter turnout, agent-based model, mathematical model, United States, Russia

JEL Classification: C02,C31,D72,P3

Suggested Citation

Coleman, Stephen, The Spatial Diffusion of Social Conformity in the United States and Russia: The Case of Voting Participation (November 14, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3284794 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3284794

Stephen Coleman (Contact Author)

Metropolitan State University (retired) ( email )

St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

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