Social and Spatial Characteristics of Voter Turnout in Guatemala: The 1985 Elections

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Fabrice Lehoucq, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This paper identifies the correlates of voter turnout rates in the ethnically complex country of Guatemala. It uses maps and regression analysis to comprehend varying turnout rates across the 330 municipalities of Guatemala. A central finding is that turnout is a function of the percentage of the municipal population that is urban and the percentage of voters who are male and literate. An unexpected finding is that turnout covaries with the share of the population that is indigenous and is inversely related to the size of the municipality. Finally, the paper suggests that high rates of political violence may not dampen turnout, but instead have complex effects on political participation.

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Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers Yearbook
Language: English
Date: 1997
Guatemala, Elections, Political Science

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