The Value of the Vote: A Model and Test of the Effects of Turnout on Distributive Policy
This article demonstrates important effects of voter participation. A model shows why, for some types of distributive policy, incumbents are more likely to be reelected if high-turnout regions receive more funds than do low-turnout regions. This prediction is tested with county-level data from the New Deal's Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). The estimates suggest that by voting rather than not voting an individual increased by about $30 the expected FERA allocation for the individual's county. The size of the estimated effect differs across states. Copyright 1999 by Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 37 (1999)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
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