Struggling up the hill: Short-term effects of party campaigns, political news and everyday talks on turnout

Abstract: 
This paper examines the effects of three main forms of campaign communication on voter turnout in the 2013 German Federal Election - the parties’ messages, the news media's political coverage and everyday political conversations. Our study is innovative in that it uses panel data to reduce the problems of endogeneity and examines the impact of each information source controlling for the other two. The results show that media exposure via newspapers is the strongest stimulus to turnout, followed by parties' electioneering efforts. We also find that under certain conditions, exposure to information sources can also demobilize voters.
Publication year: 
2016
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Journal Title: 
Party Politics
Volume: 
22
Issue: 
2
Page(s): 
227-240
Publication Type: 
Peer-reviewed Article