Voting rights and intergenerational justice: framing effects and voter attitudes

Janky, Béla and Gulyás, Attila (2018) Voting rights and intergenerational justice: framing effects and voter attitudes. Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 9 (2). pp. 25-48. DOI

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We investigate attitudes toward voting reforms that attribute greater weight to younger generations in a survey experiment. The main assumption of this research is that due to the distortions caused by elite discourse, voters are not aware of the intergenerational inequality of redistribution, thus attempts to change the voting system – that currently provides an equal vote to each voter, thereby maintaining inequality – would not get sufficient public support. After providing a review of potential voting reforms for improving intergenerational justice, we present results from an online survey sample of one thousand respondents. The data show that presenting the arguments for intergenerational justice increases the sensitivity of younger voters towards the political rights of young generations, but does not improve the acceptance of such reforms among the middle-aged and the elderly.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:intergenerational justice, voting right, survey-experiment, Hungary
Subjects:Political science
ID Code:3898
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:31 Jan 2019 12:52
Last Modified:04 Nov 2021 10:53

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