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Supra National, National and Regional Dimensions of Voter Turnout in European Parliament Elections

Nadia Fiorino (), Nicola Pontarollo () and Roberto Ricciuti ()
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Nadia Fiorino: University of L'Aquila

No JRC108755, JRC Working Papers from Joint Research Centre (Seville site)

Abstract: We argue that the decision to vote in European Parliamentary (EP) elections lies at the intersection of three political dimensions: one related to the attitude of citizens towards the European Union, one to the characteristics of the national political system, and the third associated with socio-economic variables observed by voters at the local level. This paper investigates this intersection by analyzing the last four EP elections in the EU-14, for 164 regions. We test a multilevel model. The results indicate a significant role of compulsory voting, domestic political cleavages, labor market conditions and trust in the EU. No evidence is found that GDP per capita affects turnout. Finally, the oldest segment of population seems more prone to vote than the youngest.

Keywords: European Parliamentary elections; voter turnout; subnational variation; multilevel model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O4 O53 C21 C23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2017-11
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