The Generational and Institutional Sources of the Global Decline in Voter Turnout

  title={The Generational and Institutional Sources of the Global Decline in Voter Turnout},
  author={Filip Kostelka and Andr{\'e} Blais},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={629 - 667}
ABSTRACT Why has voter turnout declined in democracies all over the world? This article draws on findings from microlevel studies and theorizes two explanations: generational change and a rise in the number of elective institutions. The empirical section tests these hypotheses along with other explanations proposed in the literature—shifts in party/candidate competition, voting-age reform, weakening group mobilization, income inequality, and economic globalization. The authors conduct two… Expand


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