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Voting when the Stakes are High

Jørgen Andersen (), Jon Fiva () and Gisle Natvik

No 3167, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: Rational choice theories of electoral participation stress that an individual's decision to vote depends on her expected net benefit from doing so. If this instrumental motive is relevant, then turnout should be higher in elections where more is at stake. We test this prediction, by studying how turnout is affected by exogenous variation in governments’ financial flexibility to provide pork for their voters. By utilizing simultaneous elections for different offices, we identify a positive effect of election stakes on turnout.

Keywords: voter motivation; elections; turnout (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 H71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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