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Getting Out the Vote: Party Mobilization in a Comparative Perspective

  • JEFFREY A. KARP (a1), SUSAN A. BANDUCCI (a1) and SHAUN BOWLER (a2)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007123408000057
  • Published online: 07 December 2007
Abstract

A long tradition within political science examines the impact of party canvassing on voter participation. Very little of this work, however, is comparative in scope. This essay examines how system-level characteristics shape the nature and impact of party canvassing and how voters respond to those efforts. Parties are found to target the same types of potential voters everywhere – those who are likely to participate. However, one important difference is that overall levels of party contact are far greater in candidate-based systems than in proportional representation (PR) systems. Party mobilization, therefore, cannot explain the higher rates of turnout observed in PR systems.

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British Journal of Political Science
  • ISSN: 0007-1234
  • EISSN: 1469-2112
  • URL: /core/journals/british-journal-of-political-science
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