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To Vote or Not to Vote: The Merits and Limits of Rational Choice Theory
What makes people vote? In addressing this simple question, Andre Blais examines the factors that increase or decrease turnout at the aggregate, cross-national level and considers what affectsExpand
WHAT AFFECTS VOTER TURNOUT
  • A. Blais
  • Political Science, Economics
  • 15 May 2006
▪ Abstract Why is turnout higher in some countries and/or in some elections than in others? Why does it increase or decrease over time? To address these questions, I start with the pioneer studies ofExpand
Where does turnout decline come from
Abstract.  This article looks at the socio-demographic sources of turnout decline in Canada. The analysis is based on the Canadian Election Studies that have been conducted between 1968 and 2000.Expand
The electoral budget cycle
This article begins with a review of the now substantial literature on the thesis that polticians manipulate governmental outputs so as to favor their chances of reelection. It concludes that whileExpand
Anatomy of a Liberal Victory: Making Sense of the Vote in the 2000 Canadian Election
Acknowledgements Introduction * The Parties and their Messages * The Media: Getting Out the Messages * Why Was Turnout So Low? * The Vote: Stability and Change * A Multi-Stage Model of Vote Choice *Expand
Turnout in electoral democracies
We examine turnout in 324 democratic national lower house elections held in 91 countries, between 1972 and 1995. We rely on Freedom House ratings of political rights to determine whether an electionExpand
Time-of-voting decision and susceptibility to campaign effects
Abstract There is mounting evidence that election campaigns matter. There are also reasons to expect interpersonal heterogeneity in the susceptibility to campaign influence. Time-of-voting decisionExpand
Does proportional representation foster voter turnout
Abstract. This paper examines the record of western democracies to measure the impact of differing electoral formulae on the rate of voter turnout. The record of 509 national elections in 20Expand
Do Parties Make a Difference? Parties and the Size of Government in Liberal Democracies*
The paper attempts to determine whether parties of the left, when in government, spend more than parties of the right. It first reviews the theoretical literature and concludes that parties areExpand
Measuring strategic voting: A two-step procedure
Abstract The paper proposes a two-step procedure to measure strategic voting in legislative elections. The approach uses voters' rank-order of preferences as well as their perceptions of the parties'Expand
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