Students as First-time Voters: The role of Voter Advice Applications in Self-reflection on Party Choice and Political Identity

Niels Nørgaard Kristensen, Trond Solhaug


Purpose: This article analyses what characterises first time voters' self-reflections on party choice as they use voter advice applications.

Method: This study is based on interviews of 28 Norwegian students (age 18-20)preparing themselves for their first election.

Findings: Finding a party to vote for is primarily characterized by a process of matching a party to students' political self, which we see as steps toward a political identity.

Practical implications: Teaching politics should allow for students' reflections on self and their political preferences.

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DOI: 10.4119/UNIBI/jsse-v16-i1-1503

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