Putting the Party Back into Politics: An Experiment Testing Whether Election Day Festivals Increase Voter Turnout

PS: Political Science & Politics, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 721-727, 2007

Posted: 13 Jan 2009

See all articles by Elizabeth M. Addonizio

Elizabeth M. Addonizio

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Donald P. Green

Columbia University

James M. Glaser

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 9, 2009

Abstract

This essay describes a series of pilot studies designed to shed light on the question of whether the festive, social environment surrounding old-fashioned elections be recreated in ways that increase voter turnout. During 2005 and 2006, we conducted randomized experiments in 14 geographic areas. Results suggest that social gatherings address the collective action problem often attributed to elections as well as represent a potentially valuable voter mobilization tactic.

Keywords: Field Experiments, Randomization, GOTV, Voter Turnout, Voter Mobilization

JEL Classification: C93

Suggested Citation

Addonizio, Elizabeth M. and Green, Donald P. and Glaser, James M., Putting the Party Back into Politics: An Experiment Testing Whether Election Day Festivals Increase Voter Turnout (January 9, 2009). PS: Political Science & Politics, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 721-727, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1325270

Elizabeth M. Addonizio (Contact Author)

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Donald P. Green

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James M. Glaser

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