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The legacy of lethargy: how elections to the European Parliament depress turnout

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Why has turnout in European Parliament (EP) elections remained so low, despite attempts to expand the Parliament's powers? One possible answer is that because little is at stake in these second-order elections only those with an established habit of voting, acquired in previous national elections, can be counted on to vote. Others argue that low turnout is an indication of apathy or even scepticism towards Europe. This article conducts a critical test of the "little at stake" hypothesis by fo...

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Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy
Department:
Department of Political and Social Sciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Politics and International Relations
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Electoral Studies Journal website
Volume:
30
Issue:
1
Pages:
67-76
Publication date:
2011-03-05
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ISSN:
0261-3794
URN:
uuid:b1aff2a6-f194-48b2-a00a-8bd54fb43a15
Local pid:
ora:5246

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