Low turnout : Threat to democracy or blessing in disguise ? Consequences of citizens ’ varying tendencies to vote

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  title={Low turnout : Threat to democracy or blessing in disguise ? Consequences of citizens ’ varying tendencies to vote},
  author={Martin Rosema}
}
  • Martin Rosema
This article contrasts the view on low turnout as a threat to democracy with the unfashionable argument that low turnout might be a blessing in disguise. The political sophistication of those who participate is then relatively high, and their choices presumably better. This is consistent with the key functions of elections: mandate and accountability. Analyses based on the European Election Study 1999 show that the level of turnout not only affects how well particular groups are represented at… CONTINUE READING

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