Hi! I'm an American Ex-Pat originally from Miami, Florida, but currently living in South Africa finishing my PhD in Economics in Cape Town. Reading you're analysis I couldn't help but think you're looking at the issue of Americans living in Europe overwhelmingly supporting President Obama backwards. In short, you're suggesting that it is the European culture and political and institutional structures which have influenced the political philosophy of the Americans living there into leaning towards supporting the President. I would suggest to you that is far more likely that Americans living in Europe already leaned significantly to the political left before they ever set foot in Europe. It's not nearly as likely that a anti-abortion, gun toting republican would move to Paris for any length of time compared to a democrat with opposite political view points. The same reasoning applies for Americans in Israel. In economics, we'd call this a selection bias. The Americans you've observed likely had formed their own views before they moved, and in fact their views influenced their decision to move where they did, not the other way around. As Charles Tiebout said, people vote with their feet.
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