Should the voting age be lowered to sixteen? Normative and empirical considerations
Chan, Tak Wing and Clayton, Matthew, 1966-. (2006) Should the voting age be lowered to sixteen? Normative and empirical considerations. Political Studies, Vol.54 (No.3). pp. 533-558. ISSN 0032-3217Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2006.00620.x
This article is an examination of the issue of whether the age of electoral majority should be lowered to sixteen. We consider and reject several arguments raised by both sides of the voting age debate. The key issue, we claim, is the political maturity of young people. Drawing on empirical data collected in nationally representative surveys, we argue that the weight of such evidence suggests that young people are, to a significant degree, politically less mature than older people, and that the voting age should not be lowered to sixteen.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JA Political science (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Political Studies|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||26|
|Page Range:||pp. 533-558|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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