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Voting and Democracy:Research Review on Several Issues

Author: CaoXiangWei
Tutor: LeiYanHong
School: Xiamen University
Course: Political Theory
Keywords: Turnout Political Democratization GOVT
CLC: D082
Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2014
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Democracy is not only a good wish most people pursuit in the collective life, but also a institutional design that protects freedom and justice. It’s an important institutional design and measure in the democratic decision making progress. There is a natural link between democracy and the voting. The voting system, voting behavior and the level of voter turnout reflect the degree of democratization of a country. The researches that focus on the relationship between voter turnout and degree of democracy always have realistic significance.In the past ten years of this century, western scholars’ studies on voter turnout have made great progress. Introducing western scholars’ research results can not only glimpsing of the study of democracy on one side, but also bringing domestic scholars enlightenment. In the realistic angle, understanding the relationship between democracies and voting and the operation condition of relationship in a democratic country (region) will help improving Chinese democracy political system.This paper starts from the relation between voting and democracy, aiming to interpret that voting does not bring democracy. Paper will introduce the method to calculate the voter turnout, and collect the turnout data from1962-2012of7countries (regions) to outline7countries’(regions) turnout decreasing phenomenon using Scatter diagram. The main part of the paper is to analyze the influencing factors of voting turnout---institutional factors, individual factors, social factors and political factors from foreign scholars’ studies. In addition, paper devotes one chapter to introduce foreign election practice of GOVT. This paper attempts to introduce scholars and study their mature foreign experience to make the relationship between turnout and democracy more clearly.

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