Klasseneinflüsse auf das Wahlverhalten und die Wahlbeteiligung. Resultate aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und den USA
Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 58.2006:510-533
Keywords: political sociology, class and voting, US voting behavior, German voting behavior

##Class effects on voting and turnout: empirical results from Germany and the USA
The thesis of a declining impact of social class is widely accepted in the social sciences. A central tenet of this thesis is that in particular the impact of social class on voting has declined. Despite a plethora of empirical studies concerning this issue the mechanisms leading to this postulated decline have been relatively less explored. The current paper investigates the thesis of a substitution between class effects on voting and class effects on turnout. Under study are the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany. Using multinomial logit and logistic regression models for both countries a decline in class voting could be observed, but class effects on turnout increased in both countries. More specifically, the propensity to vote relatively to the non-manual classes has declined among the manual classes. In conjunction with the observation that class voting is higher among the manual classes this result supports the theory that the decline of class voting is due to an increasing political frustration within the manual classes. This reasoning suggests a substitution between class effects on voting and turnout.##