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What citizens learn from elections: The normative consequences of voter eligibility
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2019 (English)In: Electoral Studies, ISSN 0261-3794, E-ISSN 1873-6890, Vol. 62, article id 102090Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
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Advocates of innovations for ways to expand citizens’ political participation claim that institutions that require more in-depth participation than voting are required to attain a democratic system with profound civic engagement. They often base this claim on the assumption that elections fail to encourage citizens to be socially and politically involved. In this paper I challenge this assumption by exploring whether voter eligibility reinforces the notion that a good citizen participates in politics. Applying a regression discontinuity design that uses the voting-age restriction as the threshold, I find that voter eligibility boosts support for extensive (non-electoral) forms of political participation. Hence, I argue that the importance of elections should not be underestimated in the quest for societies with civic-minded citizens.

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2019. Vol. 62, article id 102090
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-396824DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2019.102090ISI: 000499766200010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-396824DiVA, id: diva2:1369197
Available from: 2019-11-11 Created: 2019-11-11 Last updated: 2020-01-20Bibliographically approved

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