What does it take to make it to the polling station? The effects of campaign activities on electoral participation

Trumm, Siim and Sudulich, Laura (2016) What does it take to make it to the polling station? The effects of campaign activities on electoral participation. Party Politics . ISSN 1460-3683

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Abstract

This study explores the extent to which campaign visibility facilitates electoral participation, using data from first- and second-order elections in Britain. Our contribution to the existing literature is threefold. First, we assess whether the effects of campaign effort are conditioned by marginality, finding that campaign mobilisation gets out the vote regardless of the competitiveness of the race. Second, we look at the relative ability of different campaign activities to stimulate turnout, detecting significant differences. Third, we show that the effects of campaign effort on electoral participation are rather similar in first- and second-order elections. These findings suggest that a greater level of electoral information provided by campaign activities does reduce the cost of voting. Local campaigns play a key role in bringing voters to the polls in marginal and non-marginal races, and at general elections as much as at second-order elections.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Campaign Information, Competitiveness, Devolution, Electoral Participation, Great Britain
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068816647209
Depositing User: Trumm, Dr Siim
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 09:28
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 09:34
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37004

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