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Turnout in Elections

André Blais

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0033

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 Turnout in Elections

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This article discusses the turnout in elections. It first examines turnout from an aggregate perspective, and then compares the level of turnout across space and eventually, over time. It deals with ‘simple’ descriptive questions and establishes the basic turnout patterns. The article considers those who vote, before concluding with an examination of the factors that shape the decision of individuals to vote or not to vote. The most influential models that have been proposed to explain electoral participation are included.

Keywords: elections; turnout; level of turnout; basic turnout patterns; those who vote; most influential models; electoral participation

Article.  7182 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Behaviour ; Comparative Politics

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