Why do we see high turnout in one election, and low turnout in the next? What influences whether people will participate in some elections, but not in others? We know that individual characteristics determine to a large degree why individuals vote or not. However, individual characteristics do not explain everything: the characteristics of the election also determine whether potential voters become definite voters, and explain why some elections see higher turnout than others. To give an account of individual behavior being affected by context is not new. However, this study shows that it is too simple to assume, as is often the case, that context is of equal significance to all individuals. In short, the influence of contextual characteristics. To illustrate this, empirical work undertaken in this study examined the specific effect of the closeness of the election on individual voters. This work shows that although the closeness of the election is identical for all voters, its effect is not equal at all. If the rain starts to fall, not all of us get wet.
|Award date||30 Jun 2003|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|