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Economic Adversity and Electoral Participation of Vulnerable Socioeconomic Groups

Castaneda, NC; Carreras, M; (2019) Economic Adversity and Electoral Participation of Vulnerable Socioeconomic Groups. Electoral Studies , 57 pp. 110-120. 10.1016/j.electstud.2018.11.004. Green open access

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Abstract

Do economic hardships affect electoral participation? Using cross-sectional data for 44 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America between 1996 and 2013, we find that individual-level attributes and structural factors shape voters' reaction to economic adversity. This paper presents empirical evidence showing that economic downturns affect electoral participation. However, macroeconomic fluctuations have heterogeneous effects. While poorer and less educated citizens are more likely to increase their level of turnout during periods of economic adversity, the rate of participation of individuals with a higher socioeconomic status is not affected by economic downturns. Moreover, we demonstrate that the negative impact of economic hardships on the likelihood of electoral participation of the most vulnerable socioeconomic groups is mostly found in countries that are less inserted into the global economy and in states that offer weaker welfare protections.

Type: Article
Title: Economic Adversity and Electoral Participation of Vulnerable Socioeconomic Groups
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2018.11.004
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2018.11.004
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of the Americas
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061652
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