Atlantic Economic Journal

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 216–221 | Cite as

Expressiveness and voting: Alternative evidence

  • Richard J. Cebula


Using aggregate time series analysis, this empirical study extends the Copeland and Laband [2002] analysis of expressive voting. After allowing for economic considerations in the form of tax rates and inflation, it is found that even the aggregate voter participation rate may reflect emotional voting behavior. The Vietnam War, Watergate, public dissatisfaction with government, and the opportunity to participate in Presidential elections, each of which can be viewed at some level as an issue evoking emotional responses rather than mere cost-benefit computations, all prove to significantly affect voter participation rates.


Time Series Empirical Study International Economic Public Finance Emotional Response 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard J. Cebula
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  1. 1.Armstrong Atlantic State UniversityU.S.A.

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