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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 particularly discouraged from voting. We consider whether this is the c...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Politics and Int Relations
Role:
Author
Volume:
Vol. 27, 1
Pages:
89-104
Publication date:
2008-02-21
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uuid:05e0f70f-fc52-415a-a6ce-80b81e7cc57a
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daisy:4
Source identifiers:
4
Deposit date:
2011-08-19

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