2020

Practice Makes Voters? Effects of Student Mock Elections on Turnout

Reprint No. 2020:58

Author(s): Richard Öhrvall and Sven OskarssonYear: 2020 Title: Politics Volume (No.): 40 (3) Pages: 377–393
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Student mock elections are conducted in schools around the world in an effort to increase political interest and efficacy among students. There is, however, a lack of research on whether mock elections in schools enhance voter turnout in real elections. In this article, we examine whether the propensity to vote in Swedish elections is higher among young people who have previously experienced a student mock election. The analysis is based on unique administrative population-wide data on turnout in the Swedish 2010 parliamentary election and the 2009 European Parliament election. Our results show that having experienced a mock election as a student does not increase the likelihood of voting in subsequent real elections. This result holds when we study both short- and long-term effects, and when we divide our sample into different parts depending on their socio-economic status and study each part separately.


Reference:
Öhrvall, Richard and Sven Oskarsson (2020), "Practice Makes Voters? Effects of Student Mock Elections on Turnout". Politics 40(3), 377–393.

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