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Abstract

This empirical study seeks to broaden the interpretation of the -rational voter model- so as to include the potential effects of -direct democracy- on the voter participation rate. Direct democracy is assumed to take two forms: initiatives and referendums. This study tests the hypothesis that initiatives and-or referendums may significantly affect voter turnout because although they may elevate the expected gross benefits of voting by -empowering voters.- Using cross-section analysis for the 50 states for the 1998 general election, this study finds that referendums did significantly increase voter turnout.



Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: Potential Impact of Referenda and Initiatives on Voter Turnout: Evidence from the 1998 General Election-

English Title: Potential Impact of Referenda and Initiatives on Voter Turnout: Evidence from the 1998 General Election-

Language: English-

Keywords: direct democracy; referendums; initiatives; voter turnout-

Subjects: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D71 - Social Choice ; Clubs ; Committees ; AssociationsD - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D72 - Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting BehaviorD - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D73 - Bureaucracy ; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations ; CorruptionD - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D78 - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation-





Author: Cebula, Richard

Source: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/60064/







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