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The Effects of Voting Costs on the Democratic Process and Public Finances
Project funded by own resources
Project title The Effects of Voting Costs on the Democratic Process and Public Finances
Principal Investigator(s) Stutzer, Alois
Organisation / Research unit Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Politische ÷konomie (Stutzer)
Project start 01.01.2012
Probable end 31.12.2015
Status Completed

Increasing the attractiveness of voting is often seen as a remedy for unequal par- ticipation and the influence of special-interest groups on public policy. However, lower voting costs may also bring less informed citizens to the poll inviting efforts to sway these voters. We substantiate this argument in a probabilistic voting model with campaign contributions. In an empirical analysis for the 26 Swiss states, we find that lower voting costs due to postal voting are related to higher turnout, lower average education of participants, lower knowledge on the political issues they were deciding on as well as lower government welfare expenditures.

Keywords Fiscal policies, political knowledge, postal voting, special-interest politics, voter turnout, voting costs
Financed by University funds

Cooperations ()

  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
396415  Stutzer, Alois  LŁchinger, Simon, Professor  University of Lucerne  01.01.2003  01.01.2099 

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