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The Australian Ballot Reform and Turnout in U.S. Congressional Elections, 1880-1930

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Title: The Australian Ballot Reform and Turnout in U.S. Congressional Elections, 1880-1930
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Thomas, William
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2003
Publication Date: 2003

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Ballot Reform
Elections
American Political Development
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Many of the features of our voting system relate back to State-level reforms of elections that date back to the Progressive era, when the secret official ballot system was introduced. It is the thesis of this paper that certain progressive era election reforms and the introduction of the Australian ballot reform specifically have fundamentally altered the nature of politics in the United States. Interpretations of late nineteenth century party politics have traditionally followed the progressive critiques that emphasize corruption and the absence of national centers of authority. Scholars have long pointed out the ability of the strong local parties to incorporate and mobilize large segments of the population into electoral politics. In this study, electoral turnout data for Congressional elections on a the county and district level between 1880 and 1930 are used in a regression model to show trends in turnout, and to determine if there is a significant relationship between decline in turnout at the mm of the century and the introduction of the Australian ballot reform. The data show that the Australian ballot reform had a significant negative impact on turnout in Congressional elections in the United States between 1880 and 1930.
Statement of Responsibility: by William Thomas
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2003
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Fitzgerald, Keith

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2003 T4
System ID: NCFE003316:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003316/00001

Material Information

Title: The Australian Ballot Reform and Turnout in U.S. Congressional Elections, 1880-1930
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Thomas, William
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2003
Publication Date: 2003

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Ballot Reform
Elections
American Political Development
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Many of the features of our voting system relate back to State-level reforms of elections that date back to the Progressive era, when the secret official ballot system was introduced. It is the thesis of this paper that certain progressive era election reforms and the introduction of the Australian ballot reform specifically have fundamentally altered the nature of politics in the United States. Interpretations of late nineteenth century party politics have traditionally followed the progressive critiques that emphasize corruption and the absence of national centers of authority. Scholars have long pointed out the ability of the strong local parties to incorporate and mobilize large segments of the population into electoral politics. In this study, electoral turnout data for Congressional elections on a the county and district level between 1880 and 1930 are used in a regression model to show trends in turnout, and to determine if there is a significant relationship between decline in turnout at the mm of the century and the introduction of the Australian ballot reform. The data show that the Australian ballot reform had a significant negative impact on turnout in Congressional elections in the United States between 1880 and 1930.
Statement of Responsibility: by William Thomas
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2003
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Fitzgerald, Keith

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2003 T4
System ID: NCFE003316:00001

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