Spatial Modeling of Electoral Choice:
Development, Modern Problems and Prospects (I)

Akhremenko A.S.,

Dr. Sci. (Pol. Sci.), Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods of Analysis of Political Regimes, National Research University Higher School of Economics,

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DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2007.01.11
Rubric: Chair

For citation:

Akhremenko A.S. Spatial Modeling of Electoral Choice: Development, Modern Problems and Prospects (I) . – Polis. Political Studies. 2007. No. 1. P. 153-167. (In Russ.).


The interest for constructing spatial models of electoral choice arose over half a century ago, and by the 1970s or 1980s spatial modeling had already entirely taken shape as original line of theoretical and applied-political analysis, with its own methodological basis and vectors of scientific search. Being aimed at the solution of practically applied tasks (explaining and forecasting the results of voting in concrete electoral systems), spatial modeling is constructed on a clearly explicated conceptual foundation related to essential problems of political theory, first of all the problem of electoral (and, in a broader sense, political) choice as such, its mechanism, motivation etc. The first part of the article, presented here, elucidates the history of the formation of spatial modeling in its general methodological and concrete methodological aspects. The author’s attention is concentrated on classical approaches to spatial modeling (D.Black’s median voter theorem, A.Downs’ right-left continuum, the perceptual model by J.Enelow – M.Hinich, e.a.).

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