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Tuesday, November 05, 2002

Do "established" democracies have higher turnout than other countries?

According to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the overall average turnout in the post-war period for 36 established democracies is 73%, which contrasts with the an average of 59% for the remaining 136 countries.

Note: In this case "established democracies" have been classified using the criteria of the political scientist Arend Lijphart, who included all countries that are democratic now, and have been democratic for the last 20 years + which have a population of at least a quarter of a million people.