Using the materialist/postmaterialist paradigm to study the perceptions of voters prior to upcoming Malaysian general elections affords another approach to studying voter behavior and analyzing the reasons behind certain perceptions held by the voters. This paradigm complements the other approaches particularly the patron-client relationship, feudal psychology approach and the politics of protection as observed by some scholars in the past in explaining voter behavior in Malaysia. Actual election results have shown that the trend to maintain the status quo remains relatively strong in this country. Such a scenario is expected to prevail once again in the upcoming general elections slated to be held soon. The paper will base its analysis on periodic voter surveys carried out by a reputable research center in Malaysia. One last survey was published in mid November 2007. By using the materialist/post materialist paradigm one may analyze the underlying beliefs and values of the Malaysian voter and this in turn may suggest ways of approaching the question of changing voter perceptions in the future.
|Keywords:||Materialism/post Materialism, Values and Beliefs, Voting Perceptions|
Associate Professor, College of Science and Technology, University of Technology, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory, Malaysia
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