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Relationship between information about the EU and participation in elections : results of a split-ballot survey

Molenhuis, Eelko Age (2009) Relationship between information about the EU and participation in elections : results of a split-ballot survey.

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Abstract:Since European elections are held turnout has been considerably lower than in national elections of participating European countries. Throughout the years The European Union has grown more and more powerful and today has more influence on national legislation than it has ever had before. The increase of influence and decrease of turnout leads me to believe that the influence of the European Union is underestimated by most people. I argue that because people are not informed enough about the influence of the European Union they are less inclined to vote. The main research question of this thesis is whether people that are informed about the European Union have a higher propensity to vote then people that are not informed. Since the information concerns the influence of the European Union I have decided to use both negatively and positively formulated information. By doing so we will be able to see if negative information influences people differently than positive information.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60391
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