Several studies have suggested that 'irrelevant events' outside politiciansâ€™ control, like sports results or lotteries, affect voting behaviour. Such findings raise worrying questions for democracy. Yet, write Stefan MĂĽller and Liam Kneafsey, these concerns may be overstated. In Ireland, a country with a strong sporting tradition, match outcomes do not influence citizensâ€™ assessments of government performance, or voting behaviour Read more
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