The Simple Art of Voting
The Cognitive Shortcuts of Italian Voters
Reviews and Awards
"This is a field-advancing study - the first to investigate systematically the use of simplifying heuristics to cope with the complexities of choice in a multi-party system. It is a rare example of creativity that enlarges rather than rejects the insights of previous research."
--Paul M. Sniderman, Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy, Stanford University
"This important and original study speaks to important questions in understanding voting behavior in Italy and beyond. For political sociologists, it provides a powerful source of rethinking conventional understandings grounded narrowly in demographic impacts on voters. For comparative politics scholars and Italian specialists, it brings state-of-the-art theories about voter decision-making to a context where such research has been lacking. A wonderful book."
--Jeff Manza, Professor of Sociology, New York University
"The 'reboot' of the Italian political system in the early 1990s reconfigured the political landscape, and in doing so confronted Italian voters with unfamiliar political actors and new political alliances. Drawing on two election surveys conducted after this transition, Baldassarri shows us how citizens were able to meet the informational challenges posed by the new political order using different and discrete choice-making strategies. Her analysis importantly extends the research on political heuristics beyond the usual setting of American politics as she insightfully demonstrates that one size does not fit all when it comes to models of voter decision-making."
--Wendy Rahn, Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota