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Latest publication: "Issues that mobilize Europe. The role of key policy issues for voter turnout in the 2019 European Parliament election" by Daniela Braun and Constantin Schäfer

06.09.2021

While elections to the European Parliament had long been billed as second-order contests attracting relatively little attention from voters, the 2019 EP elections saw a surprising number of EU citizens turn up at their voting booths. In their article “Issues that mobilize Europe. The role of key policy issues for voter turnout in the 2019 European Parliament election” recently published in European Union Politics, Daniela Braun and Constantin Schäfer show that concerns about climate change, immigration and the economy are behind the unexpectedly high turnout. Further, wherever these concerns played a prominent role in the national political arena as well, voters were even more likely to vote in the EP elections. Finally, citizens’ views on European integration itself fuelled turnout, as those holding more extreme positions in favour or against European integration were among the citizens most likely to cast their vote. Daniela and Constantin contend that while EP elections may still not hold the same significance as national contests, the 2019 EP elections are “evidence for their increasing politicization and the conclusion that ‘Europe matters’ in present-day EP elections.”


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