Students as first-time voters: The role of voter advice applications in self-reflection on party choice and political identity
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionJournal of Social Science Education. 2017, 16 (1), 32-42. 10.4119/UNIBI/jsse-v16-i1-1503
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.