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Subsidizing DemocracyHow Public Funding Changes Elections and How It Can Work in the Future$
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Michael G. Miller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452277

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452277.001.0001

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Voting Behavior

Voting Behavior

(p.64) 4 Voting Behavior
Subsidizing Democracy

Michael G. Miller

Cornell University Press

This chapter analyzes the links between public funding and voter participation. Namely, it asks whether public funding leads to the casting of more complete ballots. The chapter argues that funding is most likely to affect voting propensity by raising confidence in voters' minds that they have sufficient information to choose the candidate who best represents their interests. More people will therefore vote “correctly,” raising the probability of election for the candidate whose positions best reflect those of the district. This in turn will indirectly enhance the quality of representation in the legislature, regardless of whether it alters the competitiveness of elections.

Keywords:   voting behavior, voter participation, voting propensity, legislative representation, ballots

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