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Partisan Polarization and Voter Turnout in U.S. Elections

Abstract A large amount of research examines the effect of partisan polarization on the institution of Congress, yet we know remarkably little about this political phenomenon’s precise effect on the political behavior of the American electorate. Some scholars argue that polarization is healthy for democracy because it allows political elites to send clear cues to the mass public, but other scholars postulate that polarization is bad for democracy. Decades of research on voter turnout resulted in a vast accumulation of knowledge on the subject. However, scholars must pay greater attention to data collection and measurement strategies because the prevalent technique to quantify voter turnout artificially deflates participation rates. I take two paths ... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Bumgardner, Erik (Author) / Espino, Rodolfo (Advisor) / Fridkin, Kim (Committee member) / Kenney, Patrick (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Political science / Ideology / Partisanship / Polarization / Voter Turnout
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 127 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Political Science 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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