Voter Turnout and the Dynamics of Electoral Competition in Established Democracies since 1945 / Edition 1

Voter Turnout and the Dynamics of Electoral Competition in Established Democracies since 1945 / Edition 1

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by Mark N. Franklin
     
 

Voting is a habit. People learn the habit of voting, or not, based on experience in their first few elections. Elections that do not stimulate high turnout among young adults leave a "footprint" of low turnout in the age structure of the electorate as many individuals who were new at those elections fail to vote at subsequent elections. Elections that stimulate high… See more details below

Overview

Voting is a habit. People learn the habit of voting, or not, based on experience in their first few elections. Elections that do not stimulate high turnout among young adults leave a "footprint" of low turnout in the age structure of the electorate as many individuals who were new at those elections fail to vote at subsequent elections. Elections that stimulate high turnout leave a high turnout footprint. So a country's turnout history provides a baseline for current turnout that is largely set, except for young adults. This baseline shifts as older generations leave the electorate and as changes in political and institutional circumstances affect the turnout of new generations. Among the changes that have affected turnout in recent years, the lowering of the voting age in most established democracies has been particularly important in creating a low turnout footprint that has grown with each election.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521541473
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/19/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents

Figures
Tables
Preface
The authors
Introduction1
1Confronting the puzzles of voter turnout9
2A new approach to the calculus of voting37
3The role of generational replacement in turnout change59
4Rational responses to electoral competition91
5Explaining turnout change in twenty-two countries119
6The character of elections and the individual citizen151
7Understanding turnout decline171
8The turnout puzzles revisited201
App. AThe surveys employed in this book225
App. BAggregate data for established democracies, 1945-1999231
App. C : Supplementary findings237
Bibliography251
Author index263
Subject index267

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