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Turnout and Rural Corruption: New York as a Test Case

Cox, Gary W. and Kousser, J. Morgan (1979) Turnout and Rural Corruption: New York as a Test Case. Social Science Working Paper, 292. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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In a set of articles in the 1974 American Political Science Review, Philip Converse and Jerrold Rusk offered an institutional, and Walter Dean Burnham, a behavioral explanation of the decline in voter turnout in the Northern United States around the turn of the century. An examination of turnout figures for New York state from 1870 to 1916 demonstrates that election statistics lend some support to both theories, and that the elections around the year 1890 provide the strongest evidence in favor of the Converse-Rusk hypothesis. A systematic analysis of election-related stories in contemporary newspapers allows a test of Converse's assertion that the introduction of the secret ballot decreased reported turnout by damping down what he alleges was widespread rural corruption. Concluding that neither previous theory stands up well when confronted with the detailed voting figures and newspaper evidence, we propose an alternative explanation which melds the institutional and behavioral hypotheses.

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Additional Information:Published as Cox, Gary W. and Kousser, J. Morgan (1981) Turnout and Rural Corruption: New York as a Test Case. American Journal of Political Science, 25 (4). pp. 646-663.
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