Type
Article
Titre
Wealth and Voter Turnout: Investigating Twenty-Eight Democracies
Dans
Polity
Auteur(s)
NADEAU Richard - (Auteur)
LEWIS-BECK Michael - Department of Political Science (University of Iowa, The University of North Carolina)) (Auteur)
FOUCAULT Martial - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Auteur)
Éditeur
US : Palgrave Macmillan
Volume
51
Numéro
2
Pages
261 - 287 p.
ISSN
00323497
Mots clés
Participation, Wealth, Income, Material well-being resources, Economic voting
Résumé
EN
Voter turnout still receives considerable attention in electoral studies. Recently, there have been numerous investigations of a neglected determinant, sometimes labeled “patrimony” and here labeled “wealth.” This variable, measuring how much wealth a voter has, appears to help account for party choice, beyond more usual socioeconomic measures. However, as yet we know little about how wealth affects voter turnout. In this article, we explore the relationship of wealth to voter turnout, using a battery of questions on wealth, administered in 28 nations, from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). We observe that more wealth corresponds to higher voting turnout. Further, the strength of this link compares favorably to that of more traditional measures, such as income and education. Theoretically, such a sharp empirical result suggests expanding the resource model of electoral participation in order to include this less traditional, but more encompassing, measure of economic status.

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