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Do impersonal mobilisation methods work? Evidence from a nationwide Get-Out-the-Vote experiment in England


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Fieldhouse, E., Cutts, D., Widdop, P. and John, P., 2013. Do impersonal mobilisation methods work? Evidence from a nationwide Get-Out-the-Vote experiment in England. Electoral Studies, 32 (1), pp. 113-123.

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Abstract

While face-to-face mobilisation has a demonstrable effect on voter turnout, a series of field experiments show that impersonal methods, such as telephoning and direct mail, are less effective. This paper provides a new test of the effectiveness of telephone and direct mail on voter turnout, which uses a large nationally representative Get-Out-the-Vote two-wave field experiment. We find that impersonal methods are more effective, though the magnitude depends on electoral context. Moreover, these effects accumulate both within and across elections as voters are exposed to multiple contacts. However this is an incremental and cumulative process, not the product of synergy.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsFieldhouse, E., Cutts, D., Widdop, P. and John, P.
DOI10.1016/j.electstud.2012.09.003
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Politics Languages and International Studies
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code32629

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