2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Effective Parties and Voter Turnout
Jordan E. Hunt
Dr. Michael Rudy, Faculty Mentor

Active voter participation is crucial for the success of democracies, both new and established. Existing scholarship on voter turnout is fraught with contradiction, as changing data sets and methods of analysis continually overturn previous results. This paper attempts to continue this discussion. The focus here is on the relationship between the number of effective political parties and voter turnout. The most recent parliamentary elections in 50 democracies are examined, with controls for socioeconomic, institutional, and historical variables. A linear regression analysis is used, with results indicating that the most common variables in the existing literature are not adequate predictors of voter turnout.

Keywords: Participation, Voter Turnout, Party Systems

Topic(s):Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 210-5
Location: MG 1000
Time: 10:30

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