It’s the Weather, Stupid! Individual Participation in Collective May Day Demonstrations
30 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2010
Date Written: June 23, 2010
We investigate the possible explanations of variations in aggregate levels of participation in large-scale political demonstrations. A simple public choice inspired model is applied to data derived from the annual May Day demonstrations of the Danish labour movement and socialist parties taking place in Copenhagen in the period 1980-2009. The most important explanatory variables are variations in the weather conditions. Political and socio-economic conditions exhibit few or no robust effects.
Keywords: Collective action, demonstrations, free-riding
JEL Classification: D70, H41, D72
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