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Underprivileged Voters and Electoral Exclusion in Contemporary Europe

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Examines the relationship between socio-economic and political exclusion

  • Confronts the many expressions that inequality assumes today

  • Questions whether disadvantage at individual level is connected with that at territorial level

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology (PSEPS)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    • Dario Tuorto
    Pages 1-7
  3. Conclusion

    • Dario Tuorto
    Pages 159-165
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 167-178

About this book

This volume investigates the reasons behind voter turnout inequalities in contemporary Europe. It looks at the socioeconomic factors that can inhibit electoral participation at the individual level, and how these factors interact with the institutional constraints regulating access to the electoral arena, and considering the changes affecting the class system and occupational opportunities. The volume also reflects on the long-term effects of the 2008 Great Recession on the stability of democracy and the individual lives of voters, who are often deprived of institutional representation and left with the choice between anti-system protest and disengagement from politics.

Reviews

“Inequality in people’s vote participation boosts the challenges to democracy originating from trends of falling turnout. Tuorto’s engaging book offers a thoroughly theoretical and empirical exploration of the causes and consequences of falling turnout among unprivileged segments of society, whose abandonment of the polling booth has widened with the inception of the Great Recession. A must-read for the political behaviour community and for all concerned about the prospects of representative democracy.” (Professor Paolo Bellucci, University of Siena, Italy)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Education Studies, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

    Dario Tuorto

About the author

Dario Tuorto is Associate Professor in Sociology at the Department of Education, University of Bologna, Italy. His main research interests are social and political inequalities, populism, party activism, electoral and political participation, with a focus on age and gender differences. He is a member of Italian National Election Studies. He published two books on turnout and several articles in international journals such as Party Politics, Political Geography, Social Politics, Contemporary Italian Politics. He is one of the founders of the Institute Cattaneo-Prospex archive on turnout (based on a large sample of 100 sections of Italian voters).

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