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Voter turnout in Italian municipal elections, 2002-2013

Federico Revelli ()

Working papers from Società Italiana di Economia Pubblica

Abstract: This paper investigates the determinants of voter turnout in a panel dataset of more than 15,000 Italian municipal elections through over a decade (2002-2013). The estimation results show a significant negative effect of the size of the electorate on voter turnout, and an effect of its demographic structure that is compatible with the political life-cycle hypothesis. Moreover, turnout is systematically higher when municipal elections are held at the same time as more salient, higher stakes contests. Finally, all ex post indicators of election closeness are estimated to influence voter turnout in the expected direction.

Keywords: voting; turnout; political life cycle; salience; electoral uncertainty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-11
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