Electoral turnout and state redistribution: A cross-national study of fourteen developed countries

Vincent A. Mahler, David K. Jesuit, Piotr R. Paradowski

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Abstract

This study explores the relationship between electoral participation and income redistribution by way of social transfers, using data from the European Social Survey, the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, and the Luxembourg Income Study. It extends previous research by measuring the income skew of turnout rather than using average turnout as a proxy for its income bias. We find that, controlling for a number of other variables, the income skew of turnout is negatively related to transfer redistribution and that electoral participation by those in poverty is positively associated with redistribution in their favor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-373
Number of pages13
JournalPolitical Research Quarterly
Volume67
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Developed democracies
  • Electoral turnout
  • Income redistribution

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