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Turnout and Representation: Bias in Post-communist Europe

White, Stephen; McAllister, Ian

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Electoral participation has been declining in post-Soviet Europe as in almost all of the established democracies. Patterns of electoral abstention in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine reflect those in other countries, but show particularly strong effects for older age. Not only do older electors vote more often, they also have distinctive views on matters of public policy, particularly on the economy but also on the Soviet system, strong leadership and hypothetical membership of the European Union....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWhite, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorMcAllister, Ian
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:14:03Z
dc.identifier.issn0032-3217
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/17266
dc.description.abstractElectoral participation has been declining in post-Soviet Europe as in almost all of the established democracies. Patterns of electoral abstention in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine reflect those in other countries, but show particularly strong effects for older age. Not only do older electors vote more often, they also have distinctive views on matters of public policy, particularly on the economy but also on the Soviet system, strong leadership and hypothetical membership of the European Union. These differences are diminished but nonetheless generally remain statistically significant even when socio-economic controls are introduced. These differences may be seen as a 'representation bias' that advantages particular sections of the electorate and the views with which they are associated. The particular forms that are taken by this bias in post-communist societies may be transitory, but here as elsewhere lower levels of turnout will continue to impart a significant bias to the extent to which some views rather than others are articulated within the political process.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourcePolitical Studies
dc.titleTurnout and Representation: Bias in Post-communist Europe
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume55
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor160603 - Comparative Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4317071xPUB1
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWhite, Stephen, University of Glasgow
local.contributor.affiliationMcAllister, Ian, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage586
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage606
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-9248.2007.00660.x
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T07:23:04Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-34548396733
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