When the world around you is changing : investigating the influence of alienation and indifference on voter turnout


Wuttke, Alexander


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/7ANKJ
URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/43126
Additional URL: https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/7ankj/
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-431269
Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2017
Book title: Voters and voting in context
Page range: 146-166
Author/Publisher of the book
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Schoen, Harald
Place of publication: Oxford ; New York, NY
Publishing house: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-879213-0 , 978-0-19-183429-5
Publication language: German
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Keywords (English): turnout ; political parties ; fixed-effects regression ; alienation ; indifference
Abstract: This chapter investigates the amount of variability in individual turnout decisions over time and its dependence on the changing characteristics of political parties as one feature of the political context. Electoral participation in the German federal elections from 1994 to 2013 was characterized by inertia for most eligible voters. However, one reason for dynamics in turnout behavior is changes in individual alienation with regard to the political parties. When voters develop a more favorable view of the political parties than in the previous election in terms of the parties’ generalized evaluation or perceived competence, then they are motivated to switch from abstention to voting (and vice versa). But the political parties’ capacity to raise turnout rates is rather narrow compared to the influence of other determinants, such as the perceived duty to vote.

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