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Citizens and the European PolityMass Attitudes Towards the European and National Polities$
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David Sanders, Pedro Magalhaes, and Gabor Toka

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602339

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602339.001.0001

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Electoral Turnout at National and European Levels

Electoral Turnout at National and European Levels

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(p.88) 5 Electoral Turnout at National and European Levels
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Citizens and the European Polity
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Markus Steinbrecher

Hans Rattinger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602339.003.0005

Turnout is one of the key behavioural components of political activity. However, turnout rates in European elections have considerably declined during the last three decades. This chapter applies a large analytical framework to explain low turnout rates at the European level. It compares differences and trends in European and national turnout, analyses the importance of EU-related attitudes against classical predictors of abstention, and takes account of contextual factors that might explain cross-country differences in the level of turnout. The results of the analysis show that Europe-related reasons do not cause abstention in European elections.

Keywords:   turnout, participation, European Parliament, European election

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