A Referendum Experiment with Participation Quorums

Summary This paper conducts a laboratory experiment focused on a yes/no referendum in which the outcome is valid only if voter turnout is greater than a predetermined level. Such a participation quorum is argued to induce the minority group of voters to abstain strategically in particular when the q...

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Volume: 74
Main Author: Hizen, Yoichi
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Place of publication: 01.02.2021
published in: Kyklos (Basel) Vol. 74; no. 1; pp. 19 - 47
Data of publication: February 2021
ISSN: 0023-5962
EISSN: 1467-6435
Discipline: Social Sciences (General)
Bibliography: Yoichi Hizen (corresponding author) Professor, School of Economics and Management, Research Institute for Future Design, Kochi University of Technology, 2‐22 Eikokuji‐cho, Kochi‐shi, Kochi 780‐8515, JAPAN. Email: hizen.yoichi@kochi‐tech.ac.jp. I am grateful to Kentaro Fukumoto, Hideki Konishi, Yukio Maeda, session participants at the 2008 Meeting of the Japanese Association of Electoral Studies, the 2008 Autumn Meeting of the Japanese Economic Association, and the 2013 Asia‐Pacific Meeting of the Economic Science Association, and seminar participants at the 8th Annual Japan/Irvine Conference, Okayama University, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Ritsumeikan University, and Kochi University of Technology for their useful comments. I also thank the responsible editor and two anonymous reviewers for their guidance. I am solely responsible for any remaining errors. Kazuhito Ogawa and staff members of the Research Institute for Socionetwork Strategies, Kansai University kindly provided me with the opportunity to conduct my experiment. This research is partially supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Grant‐in‐Aid 18730206, 19046001, 17K03769, and the Global COE Program “Sociality of Mind” at Hokkaido University.
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