NO(political) identity, NO(political)information, NO VOTE: the decline of electoral turnout among young voters in Britain

Phelps, Edward (2010) NO(political) identity, NO(political)information, NO VOTE: the decline of electoral turnout among young voters in Britain. Doctoral thesis (DPhil), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the extent of turnout decline at general elections since 1992. Its first contribution is to reveal that turnout decline amongst the youngest age groups was significantly more pronounced in the period 1992-2001 than for other age groups. The central argument is that there are sufficient grounds for suspecting that life-cycle factors cannot alone account for the unprecedented decline in turnout between 1992 and 2001,
and that generational factors may be at work. The second contribution of the thesis is to test a variety of explanatory models of political participation on these youngest groups to ascertain if the results provide any insights of the dynamics of a suspected generational change. The thesis argues that a weakening of the psychological anchors to social and political life have left recent generations exposed and more susceptible than
their older counterparts to factors that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of voting such as weakness of electoral competition; little perceived difference between political parties and an environment of negative images of politics and politicians.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0101 Great Britain
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 07:42
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 13:55
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/6264

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