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Voting in the Eurovision Song Contest

Stockemer, Daniel and Blais, André and Kostelka, Filip and Chhim, Chris (2018) 'Voting in the Eurovision Song Contest.' Politics, 38 (4). 428 - 442. ISSN 0263-3957

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Abstract

The Eurovision Song Contest is not only the largest song contest worldwide but also probably the world’s largest election for a non-political office. In this article, we are interested in the voting behaviour of Eurovision viewers. Do they vote sincerely, strategically according to rational choice assumptions (i.e. for the song they believe will be the likely winner) or for another song? Using data from a large-scale survey carried out in Europe, we find interesting voting patterns with regard to these questions. Roughly one-fourth of the survey participants would vote for either their preferred song or for the song they think will win. However, the percentage of strategic voters is lower (11%). In contrast, many individuals (i.e. 36% of participants) would vote for another song, one that is neither their preferred song, the likely winner, nor a rational choice. The reasoning behind these remaining votes may include neighbourhood voting, ethnic voting, and voting for one’s favourite European country.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eurovision, strategic voting, voting
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 12:38
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2019 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23757

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