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The Media, Campaign Regulations, and Voter Turnout

Fri, May 8, 2009

Mijeong Baek’s “A Comparative Analysis of Political Communication Systems and Voter Turnout” appeared in April’s American Journal of Political Science. Analyzing average voter turnout rates in legislative elections in 74 countries between 1995 and 2004, Baek demonstrates the impact of different configurations of media systems and campaign regulations on political participation. Specific findings include, that legally established ceilings on campaign contributions and expenditures depress turnout, and public financing measures, especially giving free television time to political parties and candidates, increase turnout.

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