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TitleExperimental evidence that quorum rules discourage turnout and promote election boycotts
Author(s)Conraria, Luís Aguiar
Magalhães, Pedro C.
Vanberg, Christoph A.
Issue date2013
PublisherUniversidade do Minho. Núcleo de Investigação em Políticas Económicas (NIPE)
Abstract(s)In most instances of collective decision-making, it cannot be expected that all persons who are entitled to vote will end up doing so. This has led institutional designers, out of concerns with the “legitimacy” of decisions, to introduce quorum requirements. A prominent example of this can be found in the context of direct democracy mechanisms, such as referenda and initiatives. We discuss the results of an experiment about the consequences of such quora. We show that quora lead to overall decreases in participation rates, dramatically increasing the likelihood of full-fledged electoral boycotts on the part of status quo supporters.
TypeWorking paper
DescriptionNIPE WP-14/2013
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/24710
Publisher versionhttp://www3.eeg.uminho.pt/economia/nipe/docs/2013/NIPE_WP_14_2013.pdf
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
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