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Expressiveness and Voting


  • Copeland, Cassandra
  • Laband, David N


It has been suggested that voting may be an "expressive" action taken without regard to any hope of actually influencing election outcomes on the margin. However, there has been no real-world evidence brought to bear on the question of whether the propensity of an individual to vote and the propensity of that same individual to engage in other forms of "expressive" behavior are correlated in any statistically meaningful sense. Drawing from longitudinal data found in the National Election Surveys we report compelling evidence of a strong, positive relationship between what we term "political expressiveness" and the act of voting. Copyright 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Copeland, Cassandra & Laband, David N, 2002. "Expressiveness and Voting," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 110(3-4), pages 351-363, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:110:y:2002:i:3-4:p:351-63

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