Political interest, cognitive ability and personality : determinants of voter turnout in Britain

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Title: Political interest, cognitive ability and personality : determinants of voter turnout in Britain
Authors: Denny, Kevin
Doyle, Orla
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/16
Date: 2008
Abstract: This article uses longitudinal data from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) to investigate the determinants of voter turnout in the 1997 British general election. It introduces measures of cognitive ability and personality into the participation literature and finds that they are significant determinants of turnout. It also shows that standard turnout models may be biased by the inclusion of the much used ‘interest in politics' measure. A bivariate probit model of turnout and political interest finds that individuals with high comprehension ability and an aggressive personality are more likely to both turn out to vote and have an interest in politics.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright (published version): Copyright 2008, Cambridge University Press
Subject LCSH: Voting research
Political psychology
DOI: 10.1017/S000712340800015X
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Research Collection
Economics Research Collection

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