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European parliament electoral turnout in Post-Communist Europe




The relatively low voter turnout rates in the June 2004 European Parliamentary elections in many of the post-communist states surprised observers. While the average turnout rate for these new-EU member states barely surpassed 30%, turnout exhibited much variance at the national and sub-national levels. In this article, we study the determinants of European Parliamentary election voter turnout rates in the post-communist countries at the regional level. Our central hypothesis is that regional turnout rates may be related to regional economic conditions and that in areas experiencing economic hardship, turnout will be lower. We also assess the extent that EU attitudes matter for turnout. A unique data set, compiled at the NUTS-3 statistical region level, is employed to test these hypotheses.

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  • Christine Fauvelle-Aymar & Mary Stegmaier, 2006. "European parliament electoral turnout in Post-Communist Europe," Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques j06004, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).
  • Handle: RePEc:mse:wpsorb:j06004

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    Economics of voting; participation; European Parliamentary election; post-communist countries.;

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    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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