Elections are at the heart of our democracy. Understanding citizens’ decisions to vote or to abstain in elections is crucial, especially when turnout is declining. In this book, André Blais and Jean-François Daoust provide an original and elegant model that explains why people vote, based on four factors: political interest, sense of civic duty, perceived importance of the election, and ease of voting. Their findings are strongly supported by empirical evidence from elections in five countries. The analysis is compelling and demonstrates the power of their model to provide a provocative and parsimonious explanation of voter turnout in elections.
About the authors
Other titles by Andre Blais
Essays in Honour of Robert A.Young
Provincial Battles, National Prize?
Elections in a Federal State
Multi-Level Electoral Politics
Beyond the Second-Order Election Model
Dominance and Decline
Making Sense of Recent Canadian Elections
When Citizens Decide
Lessons from Citizen Assemblies on Electoral Reform
Political Leaders and Democratic Elections
To Keep or To Change First Past The Post?
The Politics of Electoral Reform
Elections and Democratic Legitimacy