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Voter Advice Applications in Second-Order Elections To what extent does the use of VAAs in the European Parliamentary Elections 2009 lead to a higher voter turnout?

Anonymous, A. (2021) Voter Advice Applications in Second-Order Elections To what extent does the use of VAAs in the European Parliamentary Elections 2009 lead to a higher voter turnout?

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Abstract:Abstract Voter Advice Applications have been predominantly introduced in the context of national elections with research on VAAs therefore focusing on their impact on citizens and elections in national contexts: From their functionality, impact on party-choice of the users to mobilization rates, knowledge over their contribution to society has been widely researched. In this research, the mobilizing effect of VAAs is studied in the context of the European Parliamentary Elections 2009, which is considered to be second-order in nature due to low turnout rates when compared to turnout rates in national elections. The hypothesis of this research is that citizens’ use of VAA has a positive impact on the turnout of the citizen as compared to citizens that did not use VAAs. The study assumes that second-order elections show differing composition of VAA user types and hence an increased effect for VAA use on turnout is expected. The analysis is conducted by running a logistic regression analysis including VAA users from Belgium, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands with confounding variables education, gender, political interest and socio-economic status included. The results of this research confirm the hypothesis, with VAA users being three to six times more likely to turnout, however the validity of the result is limited by the small number of included confounders.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86154
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