English title: Electoral Turnout and State Redistribution: A Cross-National Study of Fourteen Developed Countries

Author(s): Vincent Mahler - David Jesuit - Piotr Paradowski -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013


This study explores the relationship between electoral participation and income redistribution by way of social transfers, using data from the European Social Survey, the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, and the Luxembourg Income Study. It extends previous research by measuring the income skew of turnout rather than using average turnout as a proxy for its income bias. We find that, controlling for a number of other variables, the income skew of turnout is negatively related to transfer redistribution and that electoral participation by those in poverty is positively associated with redistribution in their favor.

Volume: 67

Issue: 2

From page no: 361

To page no: 373

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/1065912913509306

Journal: Political research quarterly

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