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Revista de ciencia política (Santiago)

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HAIME, AGUSTINA. WHAT EXPLAINS VOTER TURNOUT IN LATIN AMERICA?: A TEST OF THE EFFECT OF CITIZENS' ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE ELECTORAL PROCESS. Rev. cienc. polít. (Santiago) [online]. 2017, vol.37, n.1, pp.69-93. ISSN 0718-090X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-090X2017000100004.

Research on electoral participation at the individual level in Latin America remains scarce. This article extends our knowledge about the individual-level factors that impact citizens' propensity to vote in the region. Specifically, I assess the link between citizens' trust in the electoral process and voter turnout using recent survey data from 19 Latin American countries between 2004 and 2014. Using logistic models I show that trust in the fairness of elections has a significant and positive effect on voter turnout across the region, and that this effect is mediated by the existence of compulsory voting laws.

Keywords : voter turnout; trust in elections; voter behavior; Latin American elections; democracy.

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