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The First Seven Years of the Political Life Cycle

Benjamin Highton and Raymond E. Wolfinger
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 45, No. 1 (Jan., 2001), pp. 202-209
DOI: 10.2307/2669367
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2669367
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

One of the most noteworthy characteristics of American elections is the low turnout of young people. Hypotheses purporting to explain this phenomenon focus on life-cycle transitions that define "adulthood," like marriage or leaving school. For a variety of reasons that we explain, previous research has failed to test these propositions. We identify six such adult roles and; estimate their effects on turnout of young citizens. We find that most of these transitions do not enhance the turnout of the young.

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