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Identity, Civic Duty and Electoral Participation: Causes of Variation in Electoral Participation

Author: Matthew F Foster; Jennifer Fitzgerald
Publisher: Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2018.
Dissertation: Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder 2018.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : English
Publication:Dissertation Abstracts International, 80-02A(E)
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What causes variation in the turnout of an individual from election to election? Most individual level predictors of turnout can account for the propensity of an individual to vote but fail to account for changes in turnout behavior. Broad aggregate factors can account for variation in turnout trends from election to election but fail to account for changes in turnout at the individual level. In this dissertation I  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Theses
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew F Foster; Jennifer Fitzgerald
ISBN: 9780438382527 0438382528
OCLC Number: 1081379954
Language Note: English.
Notes: Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 80-02(E), Section: A.
Advisors: Jennifer Fitzgerald Committee members: Andy Baker; Paul Hammer; Joseph Jupille; James R. Scarritt.
Description: 1 electronic resource (143 pages)
Responsibility: Matthew F Foster.

Abstract:

What causes variation in the turnout of an individual from election to election? Most individual level predictors of turnout can account for the propensity of an individual to vote but fail to account for changes in turnout behavior. Broad aggregate factors can account for variation in turnout trends from election to election but fail to account for changes in turnout at the individual level. In this dissertation I argue that civic duty can capture the variation that typical predictors of voter turnout cannot. Civic duty can account for variation in the turnout of high and low propensity voters, as well as distinguish why some groups turnout in one election and other groups turnout in another. The capacity of civic duty to capture such variation comes from the sensitivity of civic duty to the saliency of identities and the competing group concerns they generate. Civic duty motivates an individual to vote due to a sense of obligation that is generated by multiple group identities, with these identities either complementing each other and enhancing a sense of civic duty or conflicting with each other and diminishing such a sense. I apply and test such theory using the case of the 2017 British general election. With this case I find that civic duty can uniquely capture a sense of European identity, as well as the variation in salience of such identity that can account for the highly unexpected turnout of Millennials in 2017.

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