Chapter

Electoral Participation

Sami Borg

in The Impact of Values

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294757
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599040 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294751.003.0016

Series: Beliefs in Government

Electoral Participation

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This chapter looks at the relationship between value orientation and voting behaviour from an individual or micro perspective. Its primary aim is to evaluate, in the light of available data, the impact of two value orientations (materialist/post‐materialist and religious‐secular) on the decision to vote (without regard to the choice of party to vote for), and to compare this with the impact of traditional socio‐economic factors. The findings suggest that while post‐materialist values have little effect, at least some part of the decline in voter turnout is attributable to the weakening of religious orientations in Western Europe.

Keywords: materialism; post‐materialism; religiosity; voting behaviour; Western Europe

Chapter.  6077 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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