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Disengaging voters: do plurality systems discourage the less knowledgeable from voting?

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A number of studies have found that turnout tends to be lower under plurality rule than when some system of proportional representation is in place. Meanwhile, there is reason to believe that when turnout is lower, it is voters who are less knowledgeable about politics who are particularly less likely to participate. This suggests that turnout is lower under plurality rule because those with weaker motivations to vote are particulary discouraged from voting. We consider whether this is the ca...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Sociology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Nuffield College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Politics & Int Relations
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Institution:
University of Strathclyde
Department:
Department of Government
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Electoral Studies Journal website
Volume:
27
Issue:
1
Pages:
89-104
Publication date:
2008-03-01
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0261-3794
Language:
English
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2010-03-05

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