Title: The making of the informed voter : a split-ballot survey on the use of scientific evidence in direct-democratic campaigns
Authors : Stucki, Iris
Pleger, Lyn Ellen
Sager, Fritz
Published in : Swiss Political Science Review
Volume(Issue) : 24
Issue : 2
Pages : 115
Pages to: 139
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Wiley
Issue Date: 2-Mar-2018
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Direct democracy; Policy analysis; Voter behaviour
Subject (DDC) : 320: Politics
Abstract: Literature claims that scientific evidence makes better democracies. This paper analyses whether and which voters choose empirical evidence in the form of policy evaluation results when informing themselves about issue-specific votes. The analysis is based on a split-ballot survey where participants chose media items with different content to make a decision on a specific issue. Results show that voters do indeed choose evidence-based information, especially if their involvement with the issue is high and if they are well educated and that they choose a higher amount of such information if they are also politically engaged. In a setting that fosters political engagement and provides policy-relevant information, the findings imply that voters want to be informed when making a democratic issue choice. Involved and engaged voters might be a solution to sceptics against direct democracy out of fear of uninformed decisions and post-factual populism.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Management (IVM)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1111/spsr.12290
ISSN: 1424-7755
1662-6370
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/7022
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