Dear colleague,

The next research seminar, which you are invited to attend, will take place on 27th of March, 11h30, Américo Amorim Building (Room 3), and will be presented by Luís Aguiar-Conraria (NIPE and Economics Department, University of Minho), on the topic “Experimental evidence that quorum rules discourage turnout and promote election boycotts”.

Experimental evidence that quorum rules discourage turnout and promote election boycotts

Luís Aguiar-Conraria (a), Pedro C. Magalhães (b), Christoph A. Vanberg (c)
(a) NIPE and Economics Department, University of Minho
(b) Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon
(c) Alfred-Weber-Institut, University of Heidelberg


Abstract

In most instances of collective decision-making, it cannot be expected that all persons who are entitled to vote will end up doing so. This has led institutional designers, out of concerns with the “legitimacy” of decisions, to introduce quorum requirements. A prominent example of this can be found in the context of direct democracy mechanisms, such as referenda and initiatives. We discuss the results of an experiment about the consequences of such quora. We show that quora lead to overall decreases in participation rates, dramatically increasing the likelihood of full-fledged electoral boycotts on the part of those who endorse the Status Quo.

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Please confirm your attendance until March 26th by e-mailing Mara Carvalho (macarvalho@porto.ucp.pt)

 
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