Political Education and First-Time Voting in Switzerland

Koller, Daniela Andrea (28 August 2015). Political Education and First-Time Voting in Switzerland (Unpublished). In: ECPR General Conference 2015. Montreal, Canada. 26.29.08.2015.

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The proposed paper investigates the effect of political education on first-time voting in Switzerland. Theoretically, the paper takes up assumptions of recent research that political education is positively related to political interest, and hence to political participation. Thereby, the paper adds to the literature in two aspects: First, in Switzerland, education is a cantonal matter presenting a unique opportunity to investigate the impact of political education on voting on individual as well as cantonal level. Second, political education is not only measured by political knowledge, but also by civic skills and attitudes acquired in school. Conceptually, the study adopts a multilevel approach permitting a simultaneous testing of the influence of individual and contextual determinants on electoral participation. This paper corresponds closely to the panel topic by examining the important question of how political education affects the voting behaviour of first-time voters not only on individual, but also on contextual level.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Koller, Daniela Andrea

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniela Andrea Koller

Date Deposited:

02 May 2016 14:54

Last Modified:

02 May 2016 14:54

Additional Information:

Panel "The Turnout Decision"

Uncontrolled Keywords:

political education, voting, Switzerland, young people

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/79410

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