The unmet potential of interdisciplinary research: Political psychological approaches to voting and public opinion

James N. Druckman, James H. Kuklinski, Lee Sigelman

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Abstract

Since its founding, political science has embraced interdisciplinary research. Yet there exist few, if any, systematic assessments of the success of these endeavors. We assess what is often seen as a paradigm of interdisciplinary collaboration: political psychological research on voting and public opinion. Surprisingly, we find little evidence of true interdisciplinary work; instead, we uncover misused concepts and scant evidence of conceptual or disciplinary integration. We conclude with suggestions for how to improve interdisciplinary research on voting and public opinion, and more generally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-510
Number of pages26
JournalPolitical Behavior
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Political psychology
  • Public opinion
  • Voting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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