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TitleReferendum design, quorum rules and turnout
Author(s)Conraria, Luís Aguiar
Magalhães, Pedro C.
KeywordsReferendum design
Voter turnout
Issue dateJul-2010
PublisherSpringer
JournalPublic Choice
Citation"Public Choice." ISSN 0048-5829. 144:1-2 (Out. 2010). 63-81.
Abstract(s)In this article, we focus on the consequences of quorum requirements for turnout in referendums. We use a rational choice, decision theoretic voting model to demonstrate that participation quorums change the incentives some electors face, inducing those who oppose changes in the status quo and expect to be in the minority to abstain. As a result, paradoxically, participation quorums decrease electoral participation. We test our model’s predictions using data for all referendums held in current European Union countries from 1970 until 2007, and show that the existence of a participation quorums increases abstention by more than ten percentage points.
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/12026
DOI10.1007/s11127-009-9504-1
ISSN0048-5829
1573-7101
Publisher versionhttp://www.springerlink.com/content/0048-5829/144/1-2/
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessRestricted access (UMinho)
Appears in Collections:NIPE - Artigos em Revistas de Circulação Internacional com Arbitragem Científica

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