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Voter Turnout Among College Students: New Data and a Rethinking of Traditional Theories


  • Richard G. Niemi
  • Michael J. Hanmer


Traditional theories of turnout are of limited applicability to college students: the concepts and measures associated with these theories were not designed with students in mind, and factors not considered by the traditional theories are relevant. We offer a new theoretical perspective for understanding college student turnout and test it using a new data set. Copyright (c) 2010 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • Richard G. Niemi & Michael J. Hanmer, 2010. "Voter Turnout Among College Students: New Data and a Rethinking of Traditional Theories," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 91(2), pages 301-323.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:91:y:2010:i:2:p:301-323

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    1. Olugbenga Ajilore & Gayle Alberda, 2017. "Peer Effects and Political Participation: What is the Role of Coursework Clusters?," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 47(1), pages 47-62, Winter.
    2. Tim Powlowski & Dennis Coates, 2013. "The habit for voting, “civic duty” and travel distance," UMBC Economics Department Working Papers 13-05, UMBC Department of Economics.
    3. Phillip J. Ardoin & C. Scott Bell & Michael M. Ragozzino, 2015. "The Partisan Battle Over College Student Voting: An Analysis of Student Voting Behavior in Federal, State, and Local Elections," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 96(5), pages 1178-1195, November.

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