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Voters and Voting in ContextMultiple Contexts and the Heterogeneous German Electorate$
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Harald Schoen, Sigrid Roßteutscher, Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, Bernhard Weßels, and Christof Wolf

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198792130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198792130.001.0001

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A Vicious Circle of Demobilization? Context Effects on Turnout at the 2009 and 2013 German Federal Elections

A Vicious Circle of Demobilization? Context Effects on Turnout at the 2009 and 2013 German Federal Elections

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(p.109) 6 A Vicious Circle of Demobilization? Context Effects on Turnout at the 2009 and 2013 German Federal Elections
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Voters and Voting in Context
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Anne Schäfer

Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198792130.003.0006

This chapter explores the contextual effects of constituency-level turnout on individual turnout intentions at the 2009 and 2013 German federal elections. It assesses whether these effects are mediated by citizens’ embedding into networks of political discussants, differentiating between influences originating from discussants inside and those outside of voters’ households. Although we can establish contextual effects, no empirical support is established for their mediation by voters’ discussion networks. Still, we detect relationships between shares of constituency turnout and citizens’ propensity to talk about political matters at all and to do so with other voters. It turns out that political discussants are a very powerful source of environmental influence on electoral behavior. Discussants cohabitating in voters’ households are especially influential. However, embedding into discussion networks is not always a boon; talking to non-voters also has substantial demobilizing effects.

Keywords:   contextual effects, mediation, discussion networks, companion effect, turnout intention

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