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Lost Voters: Participation in EU elections and the case for compulsory voting. CEPS Working Document No. 317, 24 July 2009

Malkopoulou, Anthoula. (2009) Lost Voters: Participation in EU elections and the case for compulsory voting. CEPS Working Document No. 317, 24 July 2009. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Since the mid-1990s, a declining trend of electoral participation in Western countries has triggered numerous discussions about civic education, awareness-raising and new voting techniques. Some have argued that turnout fluctuations are valuable per se, as they indicate the changing degrees of voter satisfaction or criticism against the government. However, in the case of the EU, low voter turnout undermines the representativity of the European Parliament and its symbolic importance vis-à-vis the EU citizens and the two other major EU institutions, argues Anthoula Malkopoulou in this CEPS Working Document, as it damages the image of the Union abroad, especially since democracy and political rights are the cornerstone of its foreign policy and development aid programmes.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > European elections/voting behavior
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    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Working Documents
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2009
    Page Range: p. 18
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:13
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11335

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