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Why Are Older People More Likely to Vote? The Impact of Ageing on Electoral Turnout in Europe

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Goerres,  Achim
Europäische Liberalisierungspolitik, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;
Universität Köln, Germany;

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Goerres, A. (2007). Why Are Older People More Likely to Vote? The Impact of Ageing on Electoral Turnout in Europe. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 9(1), 90-121. doi:10.1111/j.1467-856X.2006.00243.x.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-48D7-B
Abstract
This article analyses the reasons for higher voting participation among older people in Europe. Over their lifetimes, citizens tend to habituate voting and comply with a growing subjective norm of voting. Furthermore, the average voting participation of older people is influenced by their longer duration of residence, the lack of a mobilising partner, worse physical health and less education, although life experience replaces the function of formal education over a lifetime. Most of these factors are founded on the very nature of human behaviour and the social context of our life course. Thus, they arguably stand outside of the political process and will remain stable into the future.