The voting paradox and social networks: an empirical analysis

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The level of abstention in elections has been increasing over the years in the majority of democratic countries, whether compulsory voting exists or not. We provide empirical evidence for the role of social networks as a main factor of influence in the turnout of an election. More intense social networks and wider social networks are associated with a lower abstention rate.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages29
JournalSSRN Electronic Journal
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • abstention
  • social network


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