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Voters' resources and electoral participation in Latin America

Castaneda, NC; Carreras, M; (2012) Voters' resources and electoral participation in Latin America. Em Debate: Opiniao Publica e Conjuntura Politica , 4 (3) 11 -24. 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 paper provides a theoretical and empirical examination of the individual-level socio-economic factors that have an impact on citizens’ propensity to vote. We assess the relevance of voters’ resources to explain electoral participation in Latin America. We demonstrate that the demographic characteristics of voters (age and education) are strong predictors of electoral participation in Latin America. Our analysis reveals that the individual objective characteristics of the voters explain much more than individual subjective motivations and mobilization networks.

Type: Article
Title: Voters' resources and electoral participation in Latin America
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://opiniaopublica.ufmg.br/site/em-debate
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Electoral participation; impact; resources; demographic characteristics.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/1522647
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