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Incompetence, Alienation or Calculation?: Explaining leves of invalid ballots and extra-parliamentary votes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2008 (English)In: Comparative Political Studies, ISSN 0010-4140, E-ISSN 1552-3829, Vol. 41, no 8, 1141-1164 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the casting of invalid ballots and voting for extra-parliamentary parties. Drawing on evidence from more than 200 elections in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Americas during the 1980-2000 period, it tests how well four sets of factors serve as explanations for the extent of such behavior in parliamentary contests. The main finding is that the structure of political competition provides an important explanation for extra-parliamentary voting and, in particular, the number of invalid ballots. Thus, rather than being the unfortunate circumstances of an uninformed or incompetent electorate, these forms of voting, to a large extent, appear to reflect a political situation that offers voters little effective choice in the form of clear alternatives.

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2008. Vol. 41, no 8, 1141-1164 p.
Keyword [en]
Electoral behavior, Extra-parliamentary votes, Invalid votes, Spoilt ballots
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100338DOI: 10.1177/0010414007301702ISI: 000257748300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-100338DiVA: diva2:210126
Available from: 2009-03-31 Created: 2009-03-31 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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