Compulsory turnout: compelling (and contingent) case
Machin, Dean. (2011) Compulsory turnout: compelling (and contingent) case. Politics, Vol.31 (No.2). pp. 100-106. ISSN 02633957Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9256.2011.01408.x
Politics has published a variety of articles recently on compulsory voting including Saunders' argument against it. This article argues against Saunders and makes some general claims. I show that there is a democratic values-based case for voter compulsion and that the case for compulsory turnout is not ‘parasitic’ on the case for compulsory voting as has been alleged. In making my argument I show that there is no general case for (or against) political compulsion. Instead, arguments must be predicated on the particular characteristics of different political systems.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Philosophy|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Voting, Compulsory, Voter turnout|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Politics|
|Publisher:||John Wiley & Sons Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||7|
|Page Range:||pp. 100-106|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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