Why vote at an election with no apparent purpose? Voter turnout at elections to the European Parliament (2014:4epa)


Elections to the European Parliament famously fail to excite the interest of voters. The result is low turnout at these elections, particularly in some post-communist EU member states. In this publication, Mark Franklin, a prominent scholar in the area of elections to the European Parliament and director of several European Election Studies, draws from his rich experience and argues that low turnout can be blamed on the low salience of elections at which little is at stake. The analysis gives several recommendations on how to make European elections work better.

The publication is part of SIEPS´ research project The political system of the European Union.

Mark N. Franklin was Inaugural Stein Rokkan Professor, European University Institute, now visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).