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Valgdeltagelse i Skandinavien - en komparativ analyse for perioden 1973-2005

Hansen, Uno Foss (2005)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The right to vote at elections is the strongest instrument available to the citizens to influence the politicians. A drop in the rate of turnout can be a serious problem from a pluralistic view of democracy, if some social groups don?t participate at elections.

In the Scandinavian countries the rate of turnout at parliamentary elections is relatively high internationally, but it is dropping historically ? in different speed.

In this paper I will present a comparative analysis of the development in the rate of turnout at Scandinavian elections at parliamentary level since 1973. I have focused on three elements; voters? party identification, voters? distrust in politicians and the demographical changes in the voters in size.

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The right to vote at elections is the strongest instrument available to the citizens to influence the politicians. A drop in the rate of turnout can be a serious problem from a pluralistic view of democracy, if some social groups don?t participate at elections.

In the Scandinavian countries the rate of turnout at parliamentary elections is relatively high internationally, but it is dropping historically ? in different speed.

In this paper I will present a comparative analysis of the development in the rate of turnout at Scandinavian elections at parliamentary level since 1973. I have focused on three elements; voters? party identification, voters? distrust in politicians and the demographical changes in the voters in size.

I conclude that the rate of volatile voters (lack of party identification) has increased and is app. 35 per cent in Denmark and above 40 per cent in Sweden and Norway since the 1990s.

Besides I conclude a lot of Scandinavian voters have distrust in politicians but decide to vote anyway. Distrust in politicians doesn?t rule out the possibility to vote at the election. However, the level of the entering bar and the existence of protest party can help reduce the decrease in rate of turnout.

Finally I conclude that demographical changes have influenced the rate of turnout negatively ? especially in Sweden and Norway. The young age groups of voters have the lowest and falling turnout and become smaller in size. The senior voters have the highest but stable turnout and relatively little increase in size. (Less)
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author
Hansen, Uno Foss
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
'democracy', 'parliamentary', 'rate of turnout in Scandinavia', 'party identification', 'distrust in politicians', 'demographical changes', Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Danish
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1328163
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2006-01-16 00:00:00
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2006-03-13 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {The right to vote at elections is the strongest instrument available to the citizens to influence the politicians. A drop in the rate of turnout can be a serious problem from a pluralistic view of democracy, if some social groups don?t participate at elections.

In the Scandinavian countries the rate of turnout at parliamentary elections is relatively high internationally, but it is dropping historically ? in different speed.

In this paper I will present a comparative analysis of the development in the rate of turnout at Scandinavian elections at parliamentary level since 1973. I have focused on three elements; voters? party identification, voters? distrust in politicians and the demographical changes in the voters in size.

I conclude that the rate of volatile voters (lack of party identification) has increased and is app. 35 per cent in Denmark and above 40 per cent in Sweden and Norway since the 1990s.

Besides I conclude a lot of Scandinavian voters have distrust in politicians but decide to vote anyway. Distrust in politicians doesn?t rule out the possibility to vote at the election. However, the level of the entering bar and the existence of protest party can help reduce the decrease in rate of turnout.

Finally I conclude that demographical changes have influenced the rate of turnout negatively ? especially in Sweden and Norway. The young age groups of voters have the lowest and falling turnout and become smaller in size. The senior voters have the highest but stable turnout and relatively little increase in size.},
  author       = {Hansen, Uno Foss},
  keyword      = {'democracy','parliamentary','rate of turnout in Scandinavia','party identification','distrust in politicians','demographical changes',Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {dan},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Valgdeltagelse i Skandinavien - en komparativ analyse for perioden 1973-2005},
  year         = {2005},
}