Electoral Turnout at National and European Levels

Markus Steinbrecher and Hans Rattinger

in Citizens and the European Polity

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602339
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949908 | DOI:

Series: IntUne

Electoral Turnout at National and European Levels

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Turnout is one of the key behavioural components of political activity. However, turnout rates in European elections have considerably declined during the last three decades. This chapter applies a large analytical framework to explain low turnout rates at the European level. It compares differences and trends in European and national turnout, analyses the importance of EU-related attitudes against classical predictors of abstention, and takes account of contextual factors that might explain cross-country differences in the level of turnout. The results of the analysis show that Europe-related reasons do not cause abstention in European elections.

Keywords: turnout; participation; European Parliament; European election

Chapter.  8589 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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