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dc.contributor.authorHorni, Pascal-
dc.description.abstractIn political science literature, it is often argued that compulsory voting can serve as a remedy against turnout inequality and thereby contribute to more egalitarian societies. However, the literature neglects differences between compulsory voting systems, and most studies consider the obligation to vote as a dichotomous variable. As a result, relatively little is known about the causal effects of particular stimuli and features of compulsory voting. By exploiting quasi-experimental conditions from direct-democratic decision-making in Switzerland, this research assesses the degree to which abstention fines account for a citizen’s willingness to vote under a compulsory voting context. The findings reveal that a marginal increase in monetary sanctions for voter-abstention leads temporally to a sizeable increase in turnout. However, it does not necessarily contribute to the expression of preferences by those traditionally underrepresented in direct-democratic decision-making since a third of those motivated to vote by the threat of a heavier fine will cast an empty or invalid ballot. The effect on turnout is further found to be moderated by income.de_CH
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisde_CH
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Partiesde_CH
dc.subjectAbstention finede_CH
dc.subjectCompulsory votingde_CH
dc.subjectMandatory votingde_CH
dc.subjectMonetary sanctionde_CH
dc.subject.ddc320: Politikde_CH
dc.titleVoter turnout and abstention pricing : quasiexperimental evidence on the effects of a marginal increase in the monetary enforcement of compulsory votingde_CH
dc.typeBeitrag in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschriftde_CH
zhaw.departementSchool of Management and Lawde_CH
zhaw.organisationalunitInstitut für Verwaltungs-Management (IVM)de_CH
zhaw.publication.reviewPeer review (Publikation)de_CH
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