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    Turnout or turned off? Electoral participation in Dublin in the 21st century


    Kavanagh, Adrian (2004) Turnout or turned off? Electoral participation in Dublin in the 21st century. Journal of Irish Urban Studies, 3 (2). pp. 1-24. ISSN 1649-1920

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    Abstract

    Voter turnout is defined as the percentage number of registered voters who vote in an election - although the valid adult population (those aged 18. and over) is taken as the base from which turnout rates are calculated in other countries, such as the USA. Turnout levels have generally been in decline in Western democracies for the past few decades, as is also the case in the Republic of Ireland. Turnouts in socially-deprived urban areas have fallen to exceptionally low levels, particularly in inner-city and western suburban areas in Dublin. Problems related to voter turnout feature amongst the most significant concerns facing the Irish political system at present. Democracy is weakened if the numbers voting in elections are in decline, while cross-constituency turnout variations involving socioeconomic or demographics biases will have an impact on the final election results and resulting policy outcomes, which may act to further peripheralise an already marginalised groups. It is important to study how-economic and demographic factors may influence turnout levels.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: voter turnouts; Urban geography; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 12300
    Depositing User: Adrian Kavanagh
    Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 14:53
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Irish Urban Studies
    Publisher: Urban Environment Project, UCD Urban Institute Ireland
    Refereed: Yes
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