Doubts over turnout figures could have serious implications

22 Jan 2018

Turnout is a vital measure for understanding our relationship with politics, whether it be low or high. If  people do not vote, it tells us they are being failed by politics.  If people do vote in large numbers, then it can be argued the Government which emerges after an election has a much stronger mandate to run the country as it sees fit.

Given its importance, a new paper from a team of academics at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester which challenge many of our assumptions on turnout, is deserving of significant attention.