Electoral Cycles and Turnout in Multilevel Electoral Systems

Arjan H. Schakel, Regis Dandoy

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This article differentiates between three ways in which electoral cycles may impact on participation in elections. First, it identifies a simultaneity effect - turnout increases to the extent that elections are held on the same date. A second effect is voter fatigue - turnout declines when another election has just been held before. Poll voting is a third effect. It suggests that turnout increases when another election is to be held shortly after. On the basis of a novel dataset that includes 2,915 regional elections held in 317 regions and 18 countries from 1945 to 2009, evidence is found for all three effects. The results point towards a basic dilemma in multilevel electoral systems: increase turnout by holding elections on the same date but accept high vote congruence across elections or decouple election cycles, which decreases vote congruence but lowers participation rates.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)605-623
ページ数19
ジャーナルWest European Politics
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出版ステータスPublished - 2014
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 政治学と国際関係論

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