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Engaging the electorate : initiatives to promote voter turnout from around the world : including voter turnout data from national elections worldwide, 1945-2006

Author: Andrew Ellis
Publisher: Stockholm : International IDEA, ©2006.
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"Concern about declining participation in elections has been growing worldwide for well over ten years, even leading some people to question the health of democracy ... This book seeks to inspire those who believe that strong participation in elections and referendums helps to build confidence in democratic institutions to engage in networking and information sharing. It surveys initiatives and campaigns from round  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Statistics
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Ellis
ISBN: 9185391913 9789185391912
OCLC Number: 145428975
Description: 139 pages ; 30 cm
Contents: Sec. I. Introduction --
Sec. II. Initiatives and Activities --
Sec. III. Case Studies --
1. Information Campaigns --
Making the electoral possible: elections New Zealand / Erin Thiessen --
Educating the voter about the electoral process: the Swedish election authority / Kristina Lemón and Maria Gratschew --
Making democracy accessible for everyone: the national office of electoral processes, Peru / Laura Chrabolowsky --
2. Advertising Campaigns --
Convincing voters that their vote is important: The Association Civisme Démocratie (CIDEM) in France / David McGrane --
Making politics relevant: The Electoral Commission, United Kingdom / Erin Thiessen --
3. Grass-roots Movements --
Identifying and engaging the under represented: the Minnesota participation project int he USA / Erin Thiessen --
Teaching citizens to protect their democratic rights: Pora in Ukraine and similar organizations in Central and Eastern Europe / Svitozar Omelko --
4. School/Mock elections and other special-purpose educational programmes --
Educating young people through participation in the voting process: student vote in Canada / Erin Thiessen --
Informing young people of the need for conscientious voting: eleitor do futuro (voter of the future) in Brazil / Sean w. Burges --
5. Entertainment --
Teaching political participation through theatre: the Ré́seau de communication d'information et de formation des femmes dans les organisations non-gouvernementaux (RECIF/ONG) in Burkina Faso / David McGrane --
Rock Volieb and the 1998 parliamentary elections in Slovakia: rocking the vote Slovak style / Juraj Hocman --
6. Inducements --
The 1995 Municipal Elections Lottery in Norway / Maria Gratschew --
The 2005Parliamentary Election Lottery in Bulgaria / Ivo Balinov --
Sec. II Conclusions --
App. A. Matrix of types of initiative, with problems addressed and methods used --
App. B. Inventory of selected organizations involved in promoting voter turnout, with contact information --
App. C. Voter turnout statistics from around the world in national-level elections, 1945-2006.
Responsibility: Andrew Ellis [and others] ; with Ivo Balinov [and others].
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"Concern about declining participation in elections has been growing worldwide for well over ten years, even leading some people to question the health of democracy ... This book seeks to inspire those who believe that strong participation in elections and referendums helps to build confidence in democratic institutions to engage in networking and information sharing. It surveys initiatives and campaigns from round the world to encourage electoral participation and presents a selection of case studies, an inventory of experiences and some suggestions as to good practice"--Page 5.

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