Electoral Rules and Voter Turnout
The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems, edited by Erik Herron, Robert Pekkanen, and Matthew S. Shugart, Forthcoming
27 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2016 Last revised: 28 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 27, 2016
I review the main theoretical arguments and empirical evidence of the relationship between electoral rules and turnout, as well as the puzzles that have emerged from that literature. I then highlight some recent theoretical, methodological, and empirical advancements using subnational data that have refined our understanding about the interaction between electoral rules, competitiveness, and turnout. Finally, I explore new and promising directions for further research.
Keywords: electoral rules, competitiveness, mobilization, turnout
JEL Classification: D02, D72
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