uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Lost Voters: Participation in EU elections and the case for compulsory voting
Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7881-9329
2009 (English)Other, Policy document (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Since the mid-1990s, a declining trend of electoral participation in Western countries has triggered numerous discussions about civic education, awareness-raising and new voting techniques. Some have argued that turnout fluctuations are valuable per se, as they indicate the changing degrees of voter satisfaction or criticism against the government. However, in the case of the EU, low voter turnout undermines the representativity of the European Parliament and its symbolic importance vis-à-vis the EU citizens and the two other major EU institutions, argues Anthoula Malkopoulou in this CEPS Working Document, as it damages the image of the Union abroad, especially since democracy and political rights are the cornerstone of its foreign policy and development aid programmes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brussels: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) , 2009. no 317, 19 p.
, CEPS Working Document, 317
Keyword [en]
compulsory voting, liberty, abstention, EU elections
National Category
Social Sciences Political Science Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262631ISBN: 978-92-9079-891-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-262631DiVA: diva2:854684
Available from: 2015-09-17 Created: 2015-09-17 Last updated: 2015-09-25Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links


Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Malkopoulou, Anthoula
Social SciencesPolitical SciencePolitical Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

Total: 169 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link