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Título: Experimental evidence that quorum rules discourage turnout and promote election boycotts
Autor: Aguiar-Conraria, Luís
Magalhães, Pedro
Vanberg, Christoph A.
Palavras-chave: Election design
Participation quorum
Approval quorum
Data: 2015
2016
Editora: Springer Verlag
Citação: Conraria, L.A., Magalhães, P.C. & Vanberg, Christoph A. (2016). Experimental evidence that quorum rules discourage turnout and promote election boycotts. Experimental Economics, 19 (4), 886-909 (Published online 11 November 2015)
Resumo: Many democratic decision making institutions involve quorum rules. Such rules are commonly motivated by concerns about the “legitimacy” or “representativeness” of decisions reached when only a subset of eligible voters participates. A prominent example of this can be found in the context of direct democracy mechanisms, such as referenda and initiatives. We conduct a laboratory experiment to investigate the consequences of the two most common types of quorum rules: a participation quorum and an approval quorum. We find that both types of quora lead to lower participation rates, dramatically increasing the likelihood of full-fledged electoral boycotts on the part of those who endorse the Status Quo. This discouraging effect is significantly larger under a participation quorum than under an approval quorum.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10451/25114
DOI: 10.1007/s10683-015-9473-9
ISSN: 1386-4157
1573-6938
Versão do Editor: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10683-015-9473-9
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