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What happens when the voting age is lowered to 16? A decade of evidence from Austria

Aicholzer, Julian and Kritzinger, Sylvia (2020) What happens when the voting age is lowered to 16? A decade of evidence from Austria. Democratic Audit Blog (26 Feb 2020). Blog Entry.

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Lowering the voting age to 16 is being discussed in several countries, but how do 16- and 17-year-olds compare to older first-time voters? In a new book chapter, Julian Aichholzer and Sylvia Kritzinger answer this question by looking at a decade of empirical evidence from Austria, where voting at 16 was introduced for national elections in 2007. Overall, they find that the evidence is encouraging for supporters of voting age reform, with younger citizens in general voting more than older first-time voters and expressing relatively high levels of trust in democratic participation. This has implications for policy-makers and contributes to an evidence-based debate about youth political engagement and electoral turnout.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 12:03
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 10:49

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