Semra Sevi



Université de Montreal

Department of Political Science
Program: PhD
Supervisor: André Blais
Co-supervisor: Jean-François Godbout
Email: semra.sevi@umontreal.ca
Start: 2016
End: 2020





Project
Title: Class-Biased Participation: Why poor youth do not vote?

Many political scientists lament the apparent decline of voter turnout in established democracies and suggest youth are the primary source for this decline. Youth eligible to vote since the mid-1970’s have been entering the electorate later in life and participating at lower rates than those of previous generations. Non-voting segments of the Canadian population cannot command the attention of politicians in the same way that voters do. Not all young people, however, have disengaged to the same extent. My dissertation will therefore investigate the socioeconomic cleavages among young voters aged 18-24 by examining the complex relationship behind political interest, electoral participation, and other forms of political participation between both the privileged and underprivileged youth. In particular, my research will focus on youth voter turnout in Canadian federal elections between 1965 and 2019. My research proposes to survey a historically large number of non-voters in the 2019 Canadian federal election which will provide new insights into nonvoting among youth.



Publications
Ensuring young people are heard on electoral reform
Journal: Policy Options
Year: 2016
Place: Ottawa


Ensuring young people are heard on electoral reform
Journal: Policy Options
Year: 2016


A students’ proposal for electoral reform
Journal: Policy Options
Year: 2016


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