A Low Turnout Landslide: Abstention at the British General Election of 1997

  title={A Low Turnout Landslide: Abstention at the British General Election of 1997},
  author={Charles J. Pattie and Ron Johnston},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={286 - 305}
Turnout at the 1997 British General Election fell to a post-war low of 71 percent, raising worried speculation about long term decline in political participation. On closer analysis, however, this judgement seems premature. Most of the post-war decline in British turnout occurred between 1950 and 1970, and there is no evidence of long term decline in general election turnout between 1974 and 1997. The closeness of the electoral competition is a better predictor of national turnout than a… Expand

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