The “Funnel of Causality” in Electoral Studies

The “Funnel of Causality” in Electoral Studies

Meleshkina Ye.Yu.,

Dr. Sci. (Pol. Sci.), Head of the Department of Political Science, Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences
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DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2002.05.05

For citation:

Meleshkina Ye.Yu. The “Funnel of Causality” in Electoral Studies . – Polis. Political Studies. 2002. No. 5. P. 47-53. (In Russ.).


It is experience of the “funnel of causality” model used in the study of electoral behaviour that the author analyzes in her article. On having discussed in detail the “classical variant” of the “funnel of causality”, proposed in 1960 by A.Campbell and his colleagues in a monograph entitled “American Voter”, as well as its version elaborated by E.Oppenhuis, the author then turns to constructing her own model adapted to Russian conditions. This model, by the author’s recognition, is of a pronouncedly abstract character, and its fruitful employment in the analysis of Russian voters’ behaviour requires, for one thing, adequate operationalization of the factors represented in it and, for another, obtaining of relevant empirical data.

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