Does voting really matter? : the effect of voting turnout rates on crime
Santangelo, Theresa Marie.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Criminologists emphasize the importance of strong social networks for controlling crime within communities. As citizens feel greater connection to society, they are less likely to commit crimes that affect other members of society and they feel greater responsibility for upholding common values. A common way to measure connection within society is by voting participation. This research explores the effect of voting turnout rates on crime rates, using a fixed effects model for 50 states over 10 election years. The fixed effects models of the effects of turnout rates on various victimization rates and offender rates for all of the years in the sample do not show statistically significant effects for the variable of interest. However, after segmenting the data into presidential versus non-presidential election years, there appears to be an effect of turnout rates in presidential election years on victimization and offender rates.
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