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Political Equality and Turnout

Blais, André and Dassonneville, Ruth and Kostelka, Filip (2020) 'Political Equality and Turnout.' In: Rohrschneider, Robert and Thomassen, Jacques, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Political Representation in Liberal Democracies. Oxford University Press, USA, 396 - 412. ISBN 9780198825081

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Abstract

This chapter examines the relationship between voter turnout and political inequality. It investigates which groups are less (more) likely to vote, whether these groups are less (better) represented in Parliament, and whether their interests and values are less (better) defended in the actual policies that are adopted and implemented by governments. Existing research finds that economically and socially disadvantaged groups are more likely to abstain when voter turnout is low in established democracies. While low voter turnout does not systematically benefit a particular political camp, there is evidence that it produces a bias in public policy and reduces government responsiveness. The chapter concludes by discussing avenues for future research.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: equality, government responsiveness, public policy, representation, voter turnout
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2021 09:38
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 01:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28811

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