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ERIC Number: EJ1045471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
School Board Elections: Theories Meet Reality
Garn, Gregg; Copeland, Gary
Journal of School Leadership, v24 n1 p4-31 Jan 2014
This exploratory article relies on qualitative data generated from observations and focus group interviews to investigate what motivates citizens to vote in school board elections and how they choose among candidates. Our review of literature suggests that capture theory, dissatisfaction theory, retrospective voting, partisanship, issue voting, character voting, and sociological theories of voting might be useful in better understanding voting behavior in school board elections. We conclude that the greatest potential for theoretical development is found in a sociological approach: According to our data, voters care most about candidate character and seek this information through social networks. We also suggest several areas for future research related to deepening our understanding of school board elections.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma