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Tesi etd-02052018-122308

Type of thesis
Master univ. I liv.
Author
SVENSSON, SOFIA KATRINE
URN
etd-02052018-122308
Title
Mobilizing young voters - a quantitative analysis of mobilization activities.
Scientific disciplinary sector
ING-IND/34
Course
Master in Electoral Policy and Administration (MEPA) (online)
Committee
relatore LUNARDI, VIVIANE
Tutor Prof. DE GUTTRY, ANDREAS M.T.
Keywords
  • abstention
  • Assens
  • Denmark
  • Elections
  • mobilization activities
  • Questionnaires
  • young voters
Exam session start date
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Availability
completa
Abstract
Voter turnout in Denmark is high compared to most other countries. However, turnout among young people in Denmark was decreasing at local elections until 2013 where a mobilization strategy was implemented by the Danish constituencies in collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior and Economy and the Organization of Municipalities in Denmark (Kommunernes landsforening). This strategy resulted in a country- wide turnout of 67% among voters aged 18- 21 in the 2013 election and a 70.1% turnout in the constituency of Assens alone, which is the focus of this research. At the local elections on 21 November 2017 the constituency of Assens aimed to reach a 80% turnout among 18- 25- year- olds using a similar strategy as the one used in 2013.<br>In this dissertation theories about voter turnout are presented as well as the hypothesis that voting is a social act. The mobilization strategy used by the electoral board of the constituency of Assens is presented and through a descriptive quantitative method of questionnaires targeted at 696 young potential voters in 4 high schools with different socio- economic groups represented in the constituency of Assens, the impact of the components of the mobilization strategy is examined. The empirical evidence is analyzed without comparing ethnicity or gender.<br>The findings are that voting is indeed a social act so the activities involving networks such as friends and other youths have an impact. Many of these youths attend schools so educational institutions are important as a venue when spreading the message. The families are important as a secondary group since the evidence collected for the dissertation shows that there is a spillover effect from the home to the potential voters.
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