Research Question: Do the effects of the formative period
last for life?
Do the effects of the formative period last for life?
One example: Canadian Voting Rates
Andre Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil, Neil Nevitte, and Richard Nadeau. 2004. "Where Does Voter
Decline Come From?"
European Journal of Political Research
Based on Canadian Federal Election Studies, 1968-2000
The younger the generation, the lower the rate of voting.
Rate of Voting
highest rate (just over 80%)
1945 - 1959
2-3% lower (vs. pre-boom)
another 10% lower (vs. boomers)
10% lower (vs. Gen X)