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Title:Who Really Votes? An Examination of Differential Voting Participation
Author(s):Lewkowicz, Michael Allen
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Brian Gaines
Department / Program:Political Science
Discipline:Political Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Political Science, General
Abstract:This dissertation focuses upon this omission, as I explore the understudied phenomenon of differential voting participation, or participation in some contests, but not others on the same ballot. Using aggregate voting data, simulated election experiments and survey data, I endeavor to establish that differential voting participation is indeed worthy of additional study and to analyze various aspects of differential voting participation. To analyze the prevalence of differential voter participation, I compare the relative influence of ballot depth compared to those of other more commonly studied dimensions: time and location. I also examine how the straight-ticket option interacts with several individual traits to shape differential voting participation. Finally, I examine the impact of elite cues upon participation in proposition elections. Through these analyses, I endeavor to achieve a more accurate understanding of the entire voting process.
Issue Date:2007
Description:228 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3290292
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2007

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