Quality of Life in Theory and Practice

  • Ryan M. Yonk
  • Josh T. Smith
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)


Voters approached the polls on November 5, 2016, with the hopes of improving their quality of life just as they had done every election prior. The common election question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” explicitly primes voters with just this thinking as well. It is clear that many voters think and view voting as a potential avenue to improve their lives. We, however, think the underlying logic they are applying to the question of who they vote for is likely much more complicated than a simple calculation of costs and benefits. In the course of this book we cover several empirical examples that demonstrate distinct modes of thought about how quality of life interacts with an individual’s decision-making.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan M. Yonk
    • 1
  • Josh T. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA

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