Étudiant-chercheur étoile February 2018

Filip Kostelka

Postdoctoral fellow in Political Science
Université de Montréal

Award-winning publication: Does Democratic Consolidation Lead to a Decline in Voter Turnout? Global Evidence Since 1939

Published in: American Political Science Review



In his paper, Filip Kostelka casts new light on voter participation, which is critical to the functioning of democratic regimes. He questions the idea that democratic consolidation—the process through which a democratic regime takes root and becomes accepted by society—leads to a decline in voter turnout. His analyses suggest that satisfaction with a democratic regime's performance has no direct impact on the decision to vote or not. However, the study confirms that political, institutional and socioeconomic factors have similar effects on voter participation in new and established democracies: a finding that has direct implications for institutional engineering.