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Title: What explains preferential voting? A field experiment in Portugal
Other Titles: O que explica o voto preferencial? Estudo experimental nas eleições de 2015 em Portugal
Authors: Santana Pereira, J.
Lains, M.
Keywords: Preferential voting
Field experiment
Electoral behavior
Electoral system
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Universidade de Lisboa
Abstract: This article analyzes the predictors of preferential voting in flexible list systems, focusing on political sophistication, voting rules and district size. It relies on a field experiment carried out in Portugal on the 2015 legislative election day. We found that the effect of district size depends on the nature of the voting rules introduced (optional or compulsory preferential voting). Also, political interest tends to lose its significance when preferential voting is compulsory. Thus, preferential voting does not constitute an obstacle for those with less political sophistication to express a vote, especially when the voting rules make preferential voting compulsory
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.31447/as00032573.2020234.01
ISSN: 0003-2573
Appears in Collections:CIES-RI - Artigos em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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