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Diaspora Electoral Mobilization and Political Attitudes

Citizenship
Comparative Politics
European Politics
Latin America
Migration
Political Participation
Political Parties
Electoral Behaviour
P104
Sebastián Umpierrez de Reguero
European University Institute
Sorina Soare
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Università di Firenze
Johanna Peltoniemi
University of Helsinki

Monday 13:15 - 15:00 (30/08/2021)


Abstract

In spite of the average low impact on homeland politics, overseas votes have swung electoral results in a diverse set of countries such as Italy, New Zealand and Turkey. Interested in either normative or factual consequences of external voting rights, several scholars have investigated the role of political parties across borders as the main bridge between ​overseas ​voters’ demands and the homeland political arena. Likewise, a growing number of contributions have examined the perspective of political resocialization as a plausible mechanism of democratic diffusion and political learning. Yet, existing literature overlooks the relationship between political attitudes and electoral mobilization. In fact, only a marginal set of studies have compared the electoral preferences in a systematic way between domestic and overseas voters. Despite scholars have pointed out the necessity to incorporate political variables such as ​democratization, partisanship and ​voters’ perceptions of political corruption toward the homeland arena, prior contributions ​rely largely on institutional and meso-level factors. They failed to provide bona fide explanations of, for instance, how authoritarian, traditionalist and populist attitudes influence different electoral patterns between domestic and overseas voters. In this panel, we bring together case studies and comparative analyses in Europe and Latin America, both at aggregate and individual levels, to fill the existing gap.

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