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The Effects of Voting Costs on the Democratic Process and Public Finances

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  • Roland Hodler
  • Simon Luechinger
  • Alois Stutzer

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    (University of Basel)

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Abstract Increasing the attractiveness of voting is often seen as a remedy for unequal par- ticipation� and the influence of special-interest� groups on public policy.� However, lower voting costs may also bring less informed citizens to the poll inviting� efforts to sway these voters. We substantiate this argument in a probabilistic voting model with� campaign contributions.� In an empirical analysis for the 26 Swiss states, we find that lower voting costs due to postal voting are related to higher turnout, lower average education of participants, lower knowledge on the political issues they were deciding on as well as lower government welfare expenditures.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel in its series Working papers with number 2012/02.

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Keywords: Fiscal policies; political knowledge; postal voting; special-interest politics; voter turnout; voting costs;

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