Electoral and Policy Consequences of Voter Turnout: Evidence from Compulsory Voting in Australia

  title={Electoral and Policy Consequences of Voter Turnout: Evidence from Compulsory Voting in Australia},
  author={Anthony Fowler},
  journal={Law \& Society: Legislation eJournal},
  • Anthony Fowler
  • Published 24 February 2013
  • Economics, Political Science
  • Law & Society: Legislation eJournal
Despite extensive research on voting, there is little evidence connecting turnout to tangible outcomes. Would election results and public policy be different if everyone voted? The adoption of compulsory voting in Australia provides a rare opportunity to address this question. First, I collect two novel data sources to assess the extent of turnout inequality in Australia before compulsory voting. Overwhelmingly, wealthy citizens voted more than their working-class counterparts. Next, exploiting… 

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