The factors that determine the abstention rate in Guatemala Cover Image

Czynniki determinujące frekwencję wyborczą w Gwatemali
The factors that determine the abstention rate in Guatemala

Author(s): Zuzanna Kowalczyk
Subject(s): Electoral systems, Evaluation research
Published by: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe
Keywords: Guatemala; voter turnout; political culture; authoritarianism;

Summary/Abstract: The author of the article aims at explaining the reasons behind the abstention rate in Guatemalan elections. The conditions related to economic, social and political fields, which have impact on voters turnout, are presented. The author emphasizes the reasons intertwined with political culture, which was shaped under the influence of colonialism and authoritarian rule. Furthermore the author emphasizes relations between the level of voters turnout and ethnic composition of Guatemalan society. It leads to a conclusion that the majority of factors that may disincline the citizens to participate in the elections in the greatest extent affects indigenous groups of population.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 23
  • Page Range: 135-151
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish