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Paula Espírito Santo coments on electoral abstention on Observador

CAPP researcher Paula Espírito Santo was recently one of the specialists invited to comment on electoral abstention in the portuguese municipality of Sesimbra.

As one of the portuguese municipalities with greater electoral abstention, Sesimbra captured the attention of online newspaper Observador, which sought the reasons for why voters abstain in a recent article. Paula Espírito Santo, a researcher at the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies, was one of the specialists invited for comment.

Of the the main causes for abstention in this municipality would be, according to the researcher, the perception by the population that the party currently in power is guaranteed to continue in power, and "therefore, it's not worth the effort to vote". The researcher also adds that abstention in younger age groups happens because there is no "vision of immediate utility" in voting.


Paula Espírito Santo is a researcher at the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies and an Assistant Professor with Aggregation at ISCSP. She is one of the organizers of the recently published collective work Militancy and Activism in Political Parties. Other recent publications include Party Newspapers Perspectives and Choices: A Comparative Content Analysis View, and the Routledge published book Beyond the Internet - Unplugging the Protest Movement Wave.