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The Partisan Consequences of Turnout Revisited

Kelly Rowe, Ignacio Lago () and Santiago Lago Peñas
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Santiago Lago-Peñas

No 1201, Working Papers from Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada

Abstract: Why does the leftist party vote increase when turnout increases in some countries and not in others? Why does this happen in some instances in time but not in others? Thus far there exists no academic consensus on the relationship between turnout and electoral results. This paper argues that in order to adequately address these questions we need to focus on three elements: class voting, the mechanisms behind whether the correlation is observed over the short or longterm, and the use of more rigorous model specifications. By looking at the cases of Spain and Portugal, we find a correlation in the short and long-term for Spain but not for Portugal and this is due namely to the prominence of class voting in the former.

Keywords: Voting behoviour; elections; turnout (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2012-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm and nep-pol
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