While there is considerable agreement that economic conditions affect electoral outcomes, there is less agreement as to exactly how. Scholars have spent a great deal of effort exploring the links between economics and vote choice but have generally ignored the potential that economic perceptions could also affect the likelihood of voter abstention. I explore that possibility in this paper. First, I develop a theory of how economic perceptions affect the likelihood of abstention. I argue that the relevant factors in this relationship are one’s retrospective and prospective judgments of the economy and the ideology of the respondent and government. Hypotheses are generated and tested using national election survey data from the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. The results show that economic perceptions have an effect on the likelihood of electoral abstention. This effect is mediated by the ideology of the respondent and party and appears to be weakened in situations of greater coalitional complexity.
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
|Event||Annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association - Chicago, IL|
Duration: 15 Apr 2004 → 18 Apr 2004
|Other||Annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association|
|Period||15/04/04 → 18/04/04|
|Other||April 15-18 2004|