Title
First-order, second-order or third-rate? A comparison of turnout in European, local and national elections in the Netherlands First-order, second-order or third-rate? A comparison of turnout in European, local and national elections in the Netherlands
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Guildford ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
Electoral studies. - Guildford
Volume/pages
35(2014) , p. 159-170
ISSN
0261-3794
ISI
000340994900015
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Second-order elections are characterized by low turnout. According to the second-order theory this is because people feel there is less at stake. This study tests whether the less at stake argument holds at the macro and micro level using panel survey data obtained in three different Dutch elections. Furthermore, it examines whether campaigns' mobilizing potential differs between first- and second-order elections. We find that at the macro level perceived stakes and low turnout go hand in hand and differ strongly between national, local and European elections. At the micro level the impact of perceived stakes on turnout is limited and contingent on the type of election. Also, campaign exposure affects turnout, but the effect is substantially larger in second-order contests. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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