Research Project Title

Examining declining voter turnout in post-authoritarian Chile

Session Type

Traditional Paper Presentation

Research Project Abstract

Since transitioning to a democracy in 1990, Chile experienced a steady decline in voter turnout. My thesis argues that this decline in voter turnout is a legacy of dictatorship and unsatisfactory institutions post-dictatorship. To prove this, I conducted interviews with ten politically engaged individuals in Chile and am doing a comparative analysis of global voter turnout. This research is part of a senior thesis project for International Relations at Gonzaga. It will contribute to literature aiming to understand what causes voter turnout to decline in democratizing countries as well as foster a deeper understanding of Chile’s declining voter turnout in the hopes of finding ways to encourage citizen participation.

Session Number

RS12

Location

Weyerhaeuser 205

Abstract Number

RS12-c

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Examining declining voter turnout in post-authoritarian Chile

Weyerhaeuser 205

Since transitioning to a democracy in 1990, Chile experienced a steady decline in voter turnout. My thesis argues that this decline in voter turnout is a legacy of dictatorship and unsatisfactory institutions post-dictatorship. To prove this, I conducted interviews with ten politically engaged individuals in Chile and am doing a comparative analysis of global voter turnout. This research is part of a senior thesis project for International Relations at Gonzaga. It will contribute to literature aiming to understand what causes voter turnout to decline in democratizing countries as well as foster a deeper understanding of Chile’s declining voter turnout in the hopes of finding ways to encourage citizen participation.