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Those who vote are also more likely to contribute to other public goods

Bolsen, Toby, Ferraro, Paul J. and Miranda, Juan Jose (2014) Those who vote are also more likely to contribute to other public goods. LSE American Politics and Policy (13 Jan 2014). Website.

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It is incredibly unlikely that any one person’s vote will change the outcome of an election and individuals derive no immediate benefit from the actual act of voting, making it a deeply altruistic act. Following this idea, Toby Bolsen, Paul J. Ferraro, and Juan Jose Miranda examine whether voters are also more likely to take action on other issues that have a positive societal impact, but no direct benefit to them. They found that when asked to conserve water during a drought, frequent voters, regardless of political affiliation, made more significant reductions to their water consumption than non-voters.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2014 10:46
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2021 23:38

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