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Portuguese Emigrants’ Political Representation: The Challenges of the External Vote
Chapter of researchers Marco Lisi, Ana Maria Belchior, Manuel Abrantes and Joana Azevedo, included in the book organized by the researchers of the Emigration Observatory, Cláudia Pereira and Joana Azevedo. This chapter deals with the theme of participation and political representation of emigrants and the challenges of external voting. +

Title  Portuguese Emigrants’ Political Representation: The Challenges of the External Vote
Authors  Marco Lisi, Ana Maria Belchior, Manuel Abrantes e Joana Azevedo
Publisher  Springer, Cham
Date  2019
Keywords  External voting, Emigrants, Representation, Electoral systems, Voting rights, Portugal 

 

Full chapter available here.
Complete book available here.

 

Abstract

Over the last few decades, emigrants all over the world have gained expanded voting rights. Despite the normative debates about this issue, there are few empirical studies on why states decide to implement external voting and how electoral systems perform. This chapter seeks to fill this gap by looking at the Portuguese case. Our study suggests that a combination of political and socio-economic factors explains the implementation of external voting. On the other hand, the interests of political parties and the low level of civil society engagement are key factors in the failure of both electoral reforms and attempts to overcome the shortcomings of external voting.

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