Kasper Møller Hansen

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    Electoral turnout for young people peaks immediately after their enfranchisement then falls sharply

Electoral turnout for young people peaks immediately after their enfranchisement then falls sharply

In several countries across Europe younger voters exhibit much lower levels of turnout than older citizens. However, less well understood are the differences in turnout among young people. Based on elections in Finland and Denmark, Yosef Bhatti, Kasper M Hansen, and Hanna Wass show that turnout is highest when young people can vote immediately after being enfranchised, but then falls away […]

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    Turnout at European Parliament elections is likely to continue to decline in the coming decades

Turnout at European Parliament elections is likely to continue to decline in the coming decades

Turnout levels at elections to the European Parliament have fallen since the 1970s. Yosef Bhatti and Kasper Møller Hansen note that turnout is particularly low among younger citizens and that this appears to be a permanent generational effect, rather than simply a part of the voting ‘life cycle’. This is likely to present a demographic challenge for turnout levels at […]

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