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Policy-based abstention in Brazil’s 2002 presidential election

Katz, Gabriel (2007) Policy-based abstention in Brazil’s 2002 presidential election. Social Science Working Paper, 1288. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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This paper implements a unified model of individual abstention and vote choice to analyze policy-based alienation and indifference in Brazil’s 2002 presidential election. The results indicate that both alienation and indifference depressed turnout, with indifference contributing slightly more to voter abstention. Also, the determinants of alienation and indifference differed considerably, the former being determined by structural factors such as voters’ information and perceived efficacy levels, while the latter was related to short- term aspects such as parties’ mobilization efforts. More importantly, evidence shows that while alienation and indifference were strongly influenced by attitudinal and protest variables, they were also affected by citizens’ evaluation of candidates’ ideological locations. The main conclusion is that abstention in Brazil’s 2002 election had a policy-driven component and that spatial considerations played a substantive role in citizens’ electoral behavior, a fact that has been overlooked in previous research on the determinants of abstention in Latin America.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
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URLURL TypeDescription Voting Technology Project version (March 2009)
Katz, Gabriel0000-0001-5970-2769
Additional Information:Also known as VTP working paper #80 - March 2009
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Subject Keywords:Abstention, indifference, alienation, unified model
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:1288
Classification Code:JEL: J222, F88
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20170728-132603569
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ID Code:79544
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Bussone
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