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date: 18 October 2021

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In recent decades, political scientists have placed greater emphasis on research designs that are able to measure causal effects credibly. The discipline has also participated in a social science–wide trend toward greater reliance on psychological and sociological theories to explain behavior. Both of these trends have been readily integrated into voter mobilization field experiments. This chapter reviews studies that employ field experimental designs that test the implications of psychological theories about political participation. It also reviews the use of field experiments to test psychological theories originally developed to explain behaviors outside of voting and applied and tested in the context of voting through mobilization messages. Finally, the chapter reflects on the limitations and future directions of behavioral political science as it relates to voter mobilization field experiments and political participation.

Keywords: behavioral political science, field experiment, turnout, mobilization, causal inference

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