Hermann Schmitt, Cees van der Eijk
There is Not Much Euro-Sceptic Non-Voting in European Parliament Elections

Pp. 208-237 in: Aleks Szczerbiak, Paul Taggart (Eds.): Opposing Europe?. 2008. Oxford: Oxford University Press

The chapter analyses the factors that contribute to the high level of non-voting in European Parliament elections. Based on an indepth analysis of the findings of the 1999 European Elections Study, it arrives at the conclusion that abstentions generally must not be understood as an indication of Euro-Scepticism, but rather as a lack of political mobilisation and excitement.