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

Abstract

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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2017-03-22
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