Voter Turnout and the Dynamics of Electoral Competition in Established Democracies Since 1945 (Paperback)

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Demonstrating how voter turnout can serve as an indicator of the health of a democracy, this study documents the conditions that can result in low voter turnout and suggests reforms that might alleviate these conditions. Mark Franklin concludes that declining turnout does not necessarily reflect reductions in civic virtue or increases in alienation. Franklin claims that turnout falls due to cumulating effects of institutional changes, a lack of competition in elections and a decision by a large proportion of the electorate not to participate as a response to the lack of competition.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780521541473
ISBN-10: 0521541476
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: June 24th, 2004
Pages: 294
Language: English