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Democracy for the Youth? The Impact of Mock Elections on Voting Age Attitudes

Description and Data Sources

Reproducibility material for Democracy for the Youth? The Impact of Mock Elections on Voting Age Attitudes.

The analysis folder contains all files required to reproduce the figures and information provided in the tables. The me-prep.R file requires the original SPSS (.sav) files (not available in this repository, available upon request in the Harvard Dataverse) and creates the me-survey.csv file. The me-analysis.R combines individual-level data (me-survey.csv) with the municipality data (me-context.csv), estimate the models and create Figure 1 and Figure 2.

The survey data used in this project stems from:

  • Kommunalvalgsundersøgelsen 2009 (The Danish Municipality Study, 2009)
  • Kommunalvalgsundersøgelsen 2013 (The Danish Municipality Study, 2013)

Author/contact

  • Erik Gahner Larsen, Department of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark, egl@sam.sdu.dk
  • Klaus Levinsen, Department of Political Science, University of Souhtern Denmark, khl@sam.sdu.dk
  • Ulrik Kjær, Department of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark, ulk@sam.sdu.dk

Repository content

/analysis/
  • me-prep.R = R script used to produce dataset from raw data
  • me-analysis.R = R script used to conduct all analyses and produce figures
  • me-context.csv = Municipality data
  • me-survey.csv = Survey data
  • sessionInfo.txt = Output from sessionInfo() in R

Data: me-context.csv

Variables in file:

  • komnr = Unique municipality identifier
  • navn = Name of municipality (in Danish)
  • valgdelt = Local election turnout (in 2009)
  • parti10 = Mayor party (in 2010)
  • mockdelt = Mock election turnout
  • mem = Mock election municipality status
  • parti06 = Mayor party (in 2006)
  • leftborg = Leftish mayor (in 2006)

Data: me-survey.csv

Variables in file:

  • year = Survey year
  • komnr = Unique municipality identifier
  • valgret = Voting age attitude, ordinal
  • valgret.d = Voting age attitude, binary
  • male = Gender, male
  • age = Age, years
  • educ = Education
  • ideology = Left-right ideology
  • party = Vote preference in national election
  • child = Children in househod, aged 17-19
  • age.cat = Age, ordinal
  • highschool = Highschool education
  • mep = Mock election period
  • age.cat.0 = Age, 18-25
  • age.cat.1 = Age, 26-35
  • age.cat.2 = Age, 36-45
  • age.cat.3 = Age, 46-55
  • age.cat.4 = Age, 56-65
  • age.cat.5 = Age, 66-
  • party.1 = Vote preference, Social Democrats
  • party.2 = Vote preference, Social Liberals
  • party.3 = Vote preference, Conservatives
  • party.4 = Vote preference, Socialist People's Party
  • party.5 = Vote preference, Liberal Alliance
  • party.6 = Vote preference, Danish People's Party
  • party.7 = Vote preference, Liberals
  • party.8 = Vote preference, The Red-Green Alliance
  • party.9 = Vote preference, other

Note: For question wording and descriptive statistics, see Online Appendix A and Online Appendix B.

Session info

The analyses were made with RStudio (Version 0.98.1103) with the following R session:

## R version 3.2.2 (2015-08-14)
## Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
## Running under: Windows 8 x64 (build 9200)

## locale:
## [1] LC_COLLATE=Danish_Denmark.1252  LC_CTYPE=Danish_Denmark.1252   
## [3] LC_MONETARY=Danish_Denmark.1252 LC_NUMERIC=C                   
## [5] LC_TIME=Danish_Denmark.1252    

## attached base packages:
## [1] grid      stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   ## base     

## other attached packages:
##  [1] stargazer_5.2         ordinal_2015.6-28     ZeligMultilevel_0.7-1
##  [4] lme4_1.1-9            Matrix_1.2-2          Zelig_4.2-1          
##  [7] sandwich_2.3-4        MASS_7.3-44           boot_1.3-17          
##  [10] gridExtra_2.0.0       ggplot2_2.1.0         foreign_0.8-66       

## loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
##  [1] Rcpp_0.12.3      splines_3.2.2    munsell_0.4.3    colorspace_1.2-6
##  [5] lattice_0.20-33  minqa_1.2.4      plyr_1.8.3       tools_3.2.2     
##  [9] gtable_0.2.0     nlme_3.1-122     digest_0.6.9     ucminf_1.1-3    
##  [13] nloptr_1.0.4     labeling_0.3     scales_0.4.0     zoo_1.7-12      

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