A call of duty in hard times: Duty to vote and the spanish economic crisis

Carol Galais*, André Blais

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Abstract

Although scarce, the literature addressing the effects of the economy on voter turnout and political attitudes has yielded mixed results. By using individual, longitudinal data from Spain—a country devastated by the Great Recession—our study illuminates how the latest economic crisis has impacted citizens’ perceptions of voting. We analyze how economic conditions and perceptions of the economy have transformed the belief that voting is a civic duty, which is one of the strongest attitudinal predictors of turnout. Our results suggest that hard times slightly weaken citizens’ sense of civic duty, particularly among the youngest. However, the adverse effects of the economic crisis are compensated by the positive effects of the electoral context, and as a consequence there is no aggregate decline in civic duty during the period examined (2010–2012).

Original languageAmerican English
JournalResearch and Politics
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Civic duty
  • Economic crisis
  • Economy
  • Panel surveys
  • Voter turnout

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