Title: Supra National, National and Local Dimensions of Voter Turnout in European Parliament Elections
Citation: JCMS-JOURNAL OF COMMON MARKET STUDIES vol. 57 no. 4 p. 877-893
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC114926
ISSN: 0021-9886 (online)
URI: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/jcms.12851
DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12851
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: We argue that the decision to vote in European Parliamentary (EP) elections lies at the intersection of three political dimensions: one related to the attitude of citizens towards the European Union, one to the characteristics of the national political system, and the third associated with socio-economic variables observed by voters at the local level. This paper investigates this intersection by analyzing the last four EP elections in the EU-14, for 164 regions. We test a multilevel model. The results indicate a significant role of compulsory voting, domestic political cleavages, labor market conditions and trust in the EU. No evidence is found that GDP per capita affects turnout. Finally, the oldest segment of population seems more prone to vote than the youngest.
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