Electoral Turnout and State Redistribution: A Cross-National Study of Fourteen Developed Countries

Mahler, Vincent A.; Jesuitz, David K.; Paradowski, Piotr R.
June 2014
Political Research Quarterly;Jun2014, Vol. 67 Issue 2, p361
Academic Journal
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.


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