The more, the better? Counterfactual evidence on the effect of compulsory voting on the consistency of party choice

  title={The more, the better? Counterfactual evidence on the effect of compulsory voting on the consistency of party choice},
  author={Peter Selb and Romain Lachat},
  journal={European Journal of Political Research},
Compulsory voting (CV) undoubtedly raises electoral turnout. Yet does it also affect individual party choices and aggregate election outcomes? Previous studies have focused on partisan or ‘directional’ effects of CV in favour of, for example, social-democratic or anti-establishment parties. These effects are usually small, however. Using survey data from the Belgian General Elections Study, this article finds that CV primarily affects the consistency, rather than the direction, of party choices… Expand

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