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Valdeltagande i Finland. : Rationalitet eller socialt tryck?


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Subtitle: Rationalitet eller socialt tryck?

Author list: Bengtsson, Åsa

Publication year: 2004

Start page: 3

End page: 16

Number of pages: 14

ISSN: 0032-3365


How does the political environment influence voters behaviour on the Election Day? In order to study the importance of hte political context, two different theoretical approaches are used - the social and the rational model. The overarching questoin is whether the same mechanisms determine how actively citizens participate in elections at the national and the local level. The two theoretical approaches have radically different views on what determines voters behaviour. They also give rise to different predictions of how the political context might influence turnout. Results indicate that the electoral activity of citizens is strongly influenced by the political context and that voters act accroding to the predictions based on the social rather than the rational model.


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