The voting strategies of young people: A conceptual framework

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Laughland-Booy, Jacqueline, Skrbis, Zlatko and Ghazarian, Zareh. (2018) The voting strategies of young people: A conceptual framework. Australian Journal of Political Science. 53(2), pp. 143 - 159. https://doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2018.1444138
AuthorsLaughland-Booy, Jacqueline, Skrbis, Zlatko and Ghazarian, Zareh
Abstract

This study offers a new framework for understanding the decision-making strategies of first-time voters. Using data from in-depth interviews with young people prior to the 2013 Australian federal election, the paper explores the extent to which our participants were knowledgeable about the upcoming election and the degree to which they invested cognitive effort into making their voting choice. The analysis reveals five distinct voting strategy typologies, which we use to construct a conceptual model that identifies and describes different voting approaches employed by young people. The findings show that young people are not a homogenous group of disinterested and disengaged voters. Instead, within a population of young citizens there are varying levels of interest and effort being invested into electoral participation.

Keywordsfirst-time voters; young people; voting strategies; voter decision-making
Year2018
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Journal citation53 (2), pp. 143 - 159
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1036-1146
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2018.1444138
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85042940637
Page range143 - 159
ProjectOur Lives Project
Research GroupSchool of Arts
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Grant IDARC/DP130101490
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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