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Who Votes in Latin America? A Test of Three Theoretical Perspectives

Carreras, M; Castañeda-Angarita, N; (2013) Who Votes in Latin America? A Test of Three Theoretical Perspectives. Comparative Political Studies , 47 (8) pp. 1079-1104. 10.1177/0010414013488558. Green open access

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Abstract

Previous studies of electoral participation in Latin America have focused on the political and institutional factors that influence country differences in the aggregate level of turnout. This article provides a theoretical and empirical examination of the individual-level factors that have an impact on citizens’ propensity to vote. We test three theoretical perspectives that have been used to explain electoral participation in industrialized democracies (voters’ resources, voters’ motivations, and mobilization networks). Using a series of logistic and hierarchical models, we demonstrate that the demographic characteristics of voters (age and education) and citizens’ insertion in mobilizing networks (civic organizations and the working place) are strong predictors of electoral participation in Latin America. Our analysis also confirms the importance of contextual and institutional variables to explain turnout in the region.

Type: Article
Title: Who Votes in Latin America? A Test of Three Theoretical Perspectives
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0010414013488558
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414013488558
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.
Keywords: Electoral participation, resources, education, social capital, Latin America
UCL classification: UCL
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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/10062813
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