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Voter Turnout and Political Equality: Testing the ‘Law of Dispersion’ in a Swedish Natural Experiment

Vetenskaplig artikel på engelska
Referens
Persson, Mikael, Maria Solevid och Richard Öhrvall (2013). ”Voter Turnout and Political Equality: Testing the ‘Law of Dispersion’ in a Swedish Natural Experiment”. Politics 33(3), 172–184. doi.org/10.1111/1467-9256.12012

Författare
Mikael Persson, Maria Solevid, Richard Öhrvall

According to the ‘law of dispersion’, the level of inequality in political participation is higher when voter turnout is low. We empirically test this hypothesis by evaluating levels of voter turnout in the 2010 Swedish election to the Västra Götaland county council and in the 2011 re-election for the same county council. The re-election voter turnout was reduced by almost half, from 80.6 per cent to 44.1 per cent. Our results support the law of dispersion: the level of inequality in participation substantially increased between young and old, rich and poor, low and high educated and politically interested and uninterested.