Voter turnout dynamics in post-Communist Europe Article

Kostadinova, T. (2003). Voter turnout dynamics in post-Communist Europe . 42(6), 741-759. 10.1111/1475-6765.00102

cited authors

  • Kostadinova, T


  • Declining levels of turnout recently observed in some East European elections have generated concerns about the performance of the newly emerging democracies. Theories developed to explain turnout in industrialized democracies emphasize the importance of two major groups of factors: institutional and socioeconomic. This article argues that a comprehensive model of voter participation in post-Communist settings should also include a dynamic component to account for temporal changes generated by the transitional process. I test a model of voter turnout that incorporates explanations of temporal (sequence of elections) and spatial differences (electoral system type, party system characteristics and economic development). Multivariate regression is used to estimate the model, with data from fifteen East European countries over four consecutive elections.

publication date

  • October 1, 2003

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start page

  • 741

end page

  • 759


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