Who Supports Minority Rights in Popular Votes? Empirical Evidence from Switzerland

Vatter, Adrian; Stadelmann-Steffen, Isabelle; Danaci, Deniz (2014). Who Supports Minority Rights in Popular Votes? Empirical Evidence from Switzerland. Electoral studies, 36, pp. 1-14. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.electstud.2014.06.008

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Recent research shows that well-educated citizens are more supportive of minority rights in direct democratic votes than people with less education. This article however suggests that educational effects on minority rights only emerge under certain conditions. A Bayesian multilevel analysis of 39 referendums and initiatives on minority rights in Switzerland (1981–2009) shows that educational effects are particularly strong when the rights of lesser-known cultural minorities are to be extended. They are entirely absent, however, when referenda address the curtailment of rights for well-known minority groups.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Vatter, Adrian; Stadelmann, Isabelle and Danaci, Deniz

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0261-3794

Publisher:

Elsevier Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Laura Rosa Vogel

Date Deposited:

10 Nov 2014 10:05

Last Modified:

10 Dec 2018 10:10

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.electstud.2014.06.008

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.59780

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/59780

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