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De opkomstkloof tussen jongvolwassenen en ouderen in nationale verkiezingen

Een vergelijkend onderzoek

Journal Res Publica, Issue 1 2013
Keywords turnout, national elections, age gap, electoral competition, comparative research
Authors Kaat Smets
AbstractAuthor's information

    Recent research from Canada, Great Britain, and the United States indicates that turnout in national elections is declining rapidly among young adults. As a consequence of this trend, the age gap in voter turnout between younger and older voters widens. The aim of this paper is to understand whether similar patterns are observed in other Western democracies. Based on national election studies from eight European countries, Canada, and the United States, turnout patterns of younger and older citizens are traced and compared over the past decades. In a second step, a first attempt at explaining aggregate patterns is made. More specifically, the hypothesis that young people are particularly sensitive to the level of competitiveness between political parties is assessed. In low stake elections, turnout patterns of young citizens are expected to be relatively low. Therefore, declining turnout levels among young adults could be a sign of declining levels of political competitiveness. Nonetheless, multivariate analyses show that different measures of political competitiveness neither directly affect the age gap nor the turnout levels of young voters.


Kaat Smets
Kaat Smets is momenteel als postdoctoral fellow verbonden aan het Centre for the Study of Political Change (CIRCaP) van de Universiteit van Siena, Italiƫ. Zij houdt zich bezig met diverse onderzoeksprojecten gericht op de publieke opinie. Haar onderzoeksinteresse gaat verder uit naar politiek gedrag, politieke socialisatie, politieke communicatie en vergelijkende politicologie en kwantitatieve onderzoekmethoden.

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Legal Challenges to Earth Observation Programs with Particular Emphasis on Developing Countries

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 5 2009
Authors S. Bhatt

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Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 5 2007
Authors V. Balakista Reddy

V. Balakista Reddy
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Contemporary Doctrine of Self-Defense in Outer Space Law

Space Law at Times of Armed Conflict

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 5 2006
Authors S. Bhatt

S. Bhatt

K.M. Weidaw III
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Liability for Injury, Loss or Damage to the Space Tourist

Legal Issues Relating to Private Enterprise, Property Rights, and Space Applications

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 4 2004
Authors Z.N. O'Brien

Z.N. O'Brien
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Legal Aspects of Space Tourism

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Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 2 2002
Authors R. Jakhu and R. Bhattacharya

R. Jakhu

R. Bhattacharya
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Need for Combining Space Law with Environmental Law and Global Federalism

Other Legal Matters, Including Legal Aspects of Launch Services

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 4 2002
Authors S. Bhatt

S. Bhatt

S. Bhatt

S. Bhatt
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