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Europaparlamentsval och partipolarisering: En kvantitativ analys av polariseringens effekter på valdeltagandet i Europaparlamentsvalen 2004 och 2009
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this study is to examine if variations in voter turnout for the European Parliament elections in each member state is affected by the rate of national party polarization on the EU-dimension of party politics. The theoretical background assumes that a high level of polarization generates higher voter turnout since more alternatives are presented to the electorate. This makes it easier for the electorate to find a party that represents their preferences. This will, in turn, increase the likelihood that they will participate in the election.This study uses a research design based on a quantitative analysis with data from each member state, except those with compulsory voting, in the European Parliament elections of 2004 and 2009. The results of the analysis indicate a relationship between high levels of party polarization and lower turnout in the European Parliament election. There seem to be a tendency that in systems where there is greater polarization, the voters tend to participate less in the European Parliament elections.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
European Union, EU, European Parliament, election, turnout, polarization, EU-scepticism
Keyword [sv]
Europeiska Unionen, EU, Europaparlamentet, val, valdeltagande, polarisering, EU-kritik
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-34853OAI: diva2:722703
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Politics Studies, specialization Political Analysis, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-06-12 Created: 2014-06-09 Last updated: 2014-06-12Bibliographically approved

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