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TitleTerm limits and voter turnout
Author(s)Veiga, Francisco José
Veiga, Linda Gonçalves
KeywordsTerm limits
Voter turnout
Local elections
Natural experiment
Issue dateFeb-2017
PublisherUniversidade do Minho. Núcleo de Investigação em Políticas Económicas (NIPE)
Abstract(s)This paper studies the impact of term limits on voter turnout, using the recent introduction of term limits at the local government level in Portugal as a natural experiment. Although instrumental, expressive, and information-based theories of voter participation imply effects of term limits on turnout, this is clearly an under-researched topic. Applying a difference-in-differences approach to data at both the municipal and parish levels, we find strong evidence that the introduction of term limits increased voter participation. Our results contrast with previous findings for California and demonstrate that more re search on this topic is clearly necessary.
TypeWorking paper
AccessOpen access
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