Does Democratic Consolidation Lead to a Decline in Voter Turnout? Global Evidence Since 1939

  title={Does Democratic Consolidation Lead to a Decline in Voter Turnout? Global Evidence Since 1939},
  author={Filip Kostelka},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={653 - 667}
  • Filip Kostelka
  • Published 2017
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
This article challenges the conventional wisdom that democratic consolidation depresses voter turnout. Studying democratic legislative elections held worldwide between 1939 and 2015, it explains why voting rates in new democracies decrease when they do, how much they decrease, and how this phenomenon relates to the voter decline observed in established democracies. The article identifies three main sources of decline. The first and most important is the democratization context. When… Expand
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