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Voting on someone else's behalf? : An analysis of proxy voting in Dutch parliamentary elections

Kamphuis, K. (2015) Voting on someone else's behalf? : An analysis of proxy voting in Dutch parliamentary elections.

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Abstract:Voting by proxy is a voting procedure in which a person who is unable to vote can allow another person to vote on his or her behalf. The reasoned action approach was used to formulate an expectation about where the driving factors behind the choice to vote by proxy origin from. This choice to vote by proxy is expected to rely on a person’s normative, behavioral and control beliefs. These beliefs were translated into three necessary conditions for a proxy vote to occur. These conditions are a person’s willingness to vote, a person’s inability to vote and the availability of a proxy holder. It was hypothesized that a person who is highly willing to vote, unable to vote and who has a proxy holder available is the most likely to vote by proxy. Data from the Dutch national election studies have been used to test this expectation. The creation of an index in which the likeliness to vote by proxy was scaled lead to the conclusion that people who are willing and unable to vote are the most likely proxy voters provided that they have a proxy holder available.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67123
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