Nº 17 Special Number. International Relations and Local Actors: Dynamics, Strategies and Policies

ISSN: 2173-8254

LAS ELECCIONES MUNICIPALES ESPAÑOLAS DE 2019: UN ANÁLISIS DE LOS FACTORES INDIVIDUALES QUE CONTRIBUYEN A LA PARTICIPACIÓN ELECTORAL A NIVEL LOCAL

As literature in electoral behaviour shows, the Spanish local elections are characterized by low electoral turnout in contrast to general elections. In this regard, local elections are usually considered as second order elections, that is, elections characterized by low mobilization and that depend on the national political context. This article aims to identify those individual factors that contribute to explain electoral turnout in Spanish local elections. This research expects to contribute to the study of electoral behaviour at the local level, a topic that has been relegated to second place in the field. Results show that the likelihood of voting is positively related to certain sociodemographic factors such as age, income, education level and participation in associations, as well as ideological identification and positive feelings towards politics such as interest, enthusiasm and commitment.