Turnout, Participation and Legitimacy in Post-Devolution Wales


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dc.contributor.author Trystan, Dafydd
dc.contributor.author Scully, Roger
dc.contributor.author Jones, Richard Wyn
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-07T15:26:56Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-07T15:26:56Z
dc.date.issued 2004-07
dc.identifier.citation Trystan , D , Scully , R & Jones , R W 2004 , ' Turnout, Participation and Legitimacy in Post-Devolution Wales ' British Journal of Political Science , vol 34 , no. 3 , pp. 519-537 . , 10.1017/s000712340400016x en
dc.identifier.issn 1469-2112
dc.identifier.other PURE: 80361
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/955
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/955
dc.description Scully, Roger, Jones, Richard Wyn, and Trystan, Dafydd, 'Turnout, Participation and Legitimacy in Post-Devolution Wales', British Journal of Political Science (2004) 34(3) pp.519-537 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract Low levels of voter turnout in the first election to the National Assembly for Wales in May 1999 brought into question both the ability of devolution to revitalize representative democracy and the legitimacy of the Assembly itself. But drawing wider implications from turnout requires that we understand why electoral abstention was so widespread. We examine three hypotheses about voter turnout in 1999: that non-participation simply reflected a general apathy towards politics; that it was based on a specific apathy towards the new Assembly; or that low voter turnout reflected antipathy towards an unwanted political institution. We find support for the first two hypotheses, but little evidence for the third. Devolution has failed to engage the interest and support of many in Wales, but low turnout has not been prompted by fundamental antagonism to the devolved institution among the Welsh electorate. en
dc.format.extent 19 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof British Journal of Political Science en
dc.title Turnout, Participation and Legitimacy in Post-Devolution Wales en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s000712340400016x
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en

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