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Schraufnagel, Scot, Buehler, Michael and Lowry-Fritz, Maureen (2014) 'Voter Turnout in Democratizing Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Electoral Participation in Five Countries.' Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 10 (1). pp. 1-22.

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We consider alternative explanations for variation in voter turnout rates across the five countries in Southeast Asia that the Polity IV database suggests are most “democratic.” Research on voter turnout in Western states has typically drawn connections between institutional, demographic, political, and economic variables and turnout levels. In this essay, we test each group of predictors and attempt to begin the process of isolating the factors that are most relevant to electoral participation in Southeast Asia. The research finds that many traditional explanations for voter turnout are inadequate. Yet, high quality formal democracy, combined with poor economic conditions, can reasonably predict voter turnout in the countries studied. In the end, the research qualifies our results in an attempt to prompt a more thorough discussion and understanding of democratization in the region.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Southeast Asian politics, voter turnout, election laws, political corruption
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 18157238
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 08:31
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