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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

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

Markus Steinbrecher

Hans Rattinger

Oxford University Press

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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