Retrospective Voting Law and Legal Definition

Retrospective voting refers to voting made after taking into consideration factors like the performance of a political party, an officeholder, and/or the administration. It presumes that people are more concerned with policy outcomes than policy instruments. There are two types of retrospective voting. They are based on simple retrospective evaluations based mainly on direct experience with personal finance, war, civil rights, and the like. Another is based on mediated retrospective evaluations which are those evaluations that depend on some intermediary.