Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of
Political Science, Department of
BURS Faculty Advisor
Dr. Nathan Griffith
There are well-researched institutional and societal factors that affect voter turnout. However, are there other factors that affect voter turnout in developed democracies? I review several prominent studies to gauge the depth and breadth of the literature regarding voter turnout. This paper seeks to examine in particular whether there is a relationship between polarization and voter turnout. I theorize that polarization is a significant factor that affects voter turnout. I also hold that other factors such as education, income, and electoral system impact voter turnout in developed democracies. I identify a few gaps in the literature and propose a couple of ideas for future research. Data is selected from over twenty developed democracies in order to test what impacts voter turnout in this demographic.
Smith, Artem, "Polarization et al. Factors that Impact Voter Turnout in Developed Democracies" (2022). Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS). 26.