The voting strategies of young people: a conceptual framework

Jacqueline Laughland-Booÿ, Zlatko Skrbiš, Zareh Ghazarian

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This study offers a new framework for understanding the decision-making strategies of first-time voters. Using data from in-depth interviews with young people prior to the 2013 Australian federal election, the paper explores the extent to which our participants were knowledgeable about the upcoming election and the degree to which they invested cognitive effort into making their voting choice. The analysis reveals five distinct voting strategy typologies, which we use to construct a conceptual model that identifies and describes different voting approaches employed by young people. The findings show that young people are not a homogenous group of disinterested and disengaged voters. Instead, within a population of young citizens there are varying levels of interest and effort being invested into electoral participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-159
Number of pages17
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018


  • First-time voters
  • voter decision-making
  • voting strategies
  • young people

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