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Location of Public Goods and the Calculus of Voting: The Seattle Monorail Referendum

  • Barbara Sgouraki Kinsey
  • Hugh Bartling
  • Anne F. Peterson
  • Brady P. Baybeck
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    In this article we explore how the geographic location of a proposed public good on the ballot in a local referendum influences voting turnout. We argue that voters who live farther away from the good, and are thus likely to bear the cost of the good but have no access to it, would be more motivated to turn out in the election. Drawing on the "cost-orientation" hypothesis, or "negativity effect", "that people are more strongly motivated to avoid losses than to approach gains," we expect these voters to derive higher expressive benefits from the act of voting relative to those of voters located closer to the good. Copyright (c) 2010 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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    Article provided by Southwestern Social Science Association in its journal Social Science Quarterly.

    Volume (Year): 91 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 741-761

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:91:y:2010:i:3:p:741-761
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