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Investigating Economic Inequality And Voter Turnout In The Industrialized Democracies, Benjamin Freeman Jan 2005

Investigating Economic Inequality And Voter Turnout In The Industrialized Democracies, Benjamin Freeman

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This paper investigates economic inequality and voter turnout in a sample of 21 industrialized democracies using a pooled time series model of elections from 1970 to 1999. The findings demonstrate a connection between inequality and voter turnout wherein increases in inequality lead to reductions in voter turnout. The ramifications for democratic accountability and representative democracy are discussed.