The Interactive Effects of Labor-Led Political Mobilization and Vote Propensity on Turnout: Evidence from Five Elections

24 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2010

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J. Ryan Lamare

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - School of Labor & Employment Relations

Abstract

The concept of unions as political mobilization groups is not well documented relative to the general determinants of voting behavior and labor’s traditional political roles. Specifically, scholars have yet to study the interaction between individuals’ propensities to vote and labor-led mobilization. Does labor have a stronger influence on frequent, occasional, or non-voters? Using data totaling 188,551 individuals in Los Angeles over five elections, this paper empirically studies the interaction between vote propensity and mobilization, finding that occasional voters are generally most receptive to labor’s efforts, particularly amongst Latinos, and that personal visits and phone calls are successful for occasional voters.

Suggested Citation

Lamare, J. Ryan, The Interactive Effects of Labor-Led Political Mobilization and Vote Propensity on Turnout: Evidence from Five Elections. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 49, Issue 4, pp. 616-639, October 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1670984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2010.00619.x

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