Voter turnout in the Indian states: an empirical analysis

Diwakar, Rekha (2008) Voter turnout in the Indian states: an empirical analysis. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties , 18 (1). pp. 75-100. ISSN 1745-7289

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    Abstract

    In this article, the trends and determinants of voter turnout in India at the state level are explored. It reveals that there is a large variation in turnout across the Indian states. Although turnout in most Indian states has increased over time, there are also many exceptions to this upward trend. These empirical results are consistent with the “rational‐voter model”, whereby turnout tends to be higher where elections are closely fought and literacy is higher. Further, a larger electorate and higher proportion of urban population is associated with lower turnout in the Indian states.

    Item Type: Article
    Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
    Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ0021 Asia > JQ0200 India
    Depositing User: Rekha Diwakar
    Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2013 09:35
    Last Modified: 04 Sep 2013 09:35
    URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46022

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