Political interest, cognitive ability and personality : determinants of voter turnout in Britain (version 1.5)

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dc.contributor.author Denny, Kevin
dc.contributor.author Doyle, Orla
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-29T14:22:35Z
dc.date.available 2008-05-29T14:22:35Z
dc.date.issued 2005-06
dc.identifier.other 200511 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/174
dc.description.abstract This paper uses longitudinal data from the National Cohort Development Study (NCDS) to investigate the determinants of voter turnout in the 1997 British General Election. It introduces measures of cognitive ability and personality into models of electoral participation and finds that firstly, their inclusion reduces the impact of education and secondly, that standard turnout models may be biased by the inclusion of the much used “interest in politics” measure. A bivariate probit model of turnout and interest then shows that individuals with high ability, an aggressive personality and a sense of civic duty are more likely to both turn out to vote and to have an interest in politics. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin; School of Economics en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP05/11 en
dc.relation.hasversion Denny, K. and Doyle, O. (2008) 'Political Interest, Cognitive Ability and Personality : Determinants of Voter Turnout in Britain'. British Journal of Political Science, 38 (2): 291–310 en
dc.subject Turnout en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Ability en
dc.subject Personality en
dc.subject.lcsh Voting research en
dc.subject.lcsh Political psychology en
dc.title Political interest, cognitive ability and personality : determinants of voter turnout in Britain (version 1.5) en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.authorurl Kevin Denny (web page) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucd.ie/economic/staff/kdenny/kdenny.html en
dc.internal.authorurl Orla Doyle (web page) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://geary.ucd.ie/humandev/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=34 en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Kevin Denny - Email: kevin.denny@ucd.ie; Tel: +353 1 716 4632 en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Orla Doyle - Email: orla.doyle@ucd.ie; Tel: +353 1 716 7637 en
dc.internal.authorid UCD0005 en
dc.internal.authorid UCD0007 en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://www.ucd.ie/economics/research/papers/2005/WP05.11.pdf en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Denny|Kevin|aut|UCD0005
dc.neeo.contributor Doyle|Orla|aut|UCD0007

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