abstentionism


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

abstentionism

(æbˈstɛnʃənɪzəm)
n
the policy of withholding one's vote or refusing to participate in some other aspect of the political process
Translations
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Sinn Fein's historic abstentionism from Westminster, never taking seats it wins, included the first woman ever elected to Parliament, Constance Markievicz, 101 years ago, though she'd have struggled to attend.
But, over time, this has produced a kind of political homogenisation in Europe, leading to mass abstentionism. Those who do vote increasingly choose anti-establishment parties that often espouse extreme views.
But, over time, this has produced a kind of political homogenisation in Europe, leading to mass abstentionism. As a result, whereas the EPP and S&D controlled 61 per cent of the European Parliament in 2009, they won only 54 per cent in 2014, meaning that the body was very nearly dominated by extremist parties.
However, migrants that have resided between six and ten years show greater percentages of itinerant abstentionism than natives, that is, they have a more circumstantial vote.
Initially alleging fraud at the election, the opposition later acknowledged abstentionism in its ranks played a big part in the defeat, which cast into question its ability to beat the ruling Socialist Party at next year's presidential vote.
The results of the Westminster election have now strengthened calls within unionism for 'one unionist party'--viz, the DUP For its part, Sinn Fein, in wiping out the SDLP at Westminster, has helped create a situation in which, for the first time since 1966, Irish nationalists will have no representation in the House of Commons, given the SF policy of abstentionism. The only Northern Irish voices heard during this Parliament will be unionist ones.
Electoral abstentionism and religious affiliation in Mexico: notes for a research agenda
The level of abstentionism bears watching, however, since this is a state where independents made a strong stand in the 2015 congressional elections.
He provides an interview and background on deputy leader Mary-Lou MacDonald, then describes how Sinn Fein dropped the policy of abstentionism, the role of the North's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein's economic policy, Good Friday and its aftermath, perspectives from inside and outside the party, the controversy over sex abuse in the IRA, and whether Sinn Fein could end up in government on both sides of the border.
Kahn-Freund's theory postulates that the law's role in collective bargaining is one of abstentionism or laissez-faire, leaving employers and employees to determine the equilibrium of their relationship through a system of voluntary collective bargaining.
The strike in the collieries was part of a larger wave of workplace action against the abstentionism of union leaderships and part of a longer trajectory of militant action.