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“The Economic Role of Government and the EU and Turnout in European Elections”

Flickinger, Richard S. (1999) “The Economic Role of Government and the EU and Turnout in European Elections”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    Accounting for variation, especially decline, in European voter turnout has drawn considerable recent scholarly attention. Most studies stress either the role of individuals’ traits and attitudes and/or the impact of political parties and institutional factors as the key variables. Our paper brings an added dimension by asking whether changes in the size of national government and the EU, as well as their perceived roles in the economic order, also affect voter turnout in European Parliament elections. We employ a series of mulitvariate models analyzing aggregate data from Eurobarometer and OECD sources. Compulsory voting, as logic may suggest and as others have found, is the single most potent predictor of turnout. But other variables-socio-demographic, economic, attitudinal and institutional-also matter for turnout in European Parliament elections.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > European elections/voting behavior
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 26
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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