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Is Compulsory Voting Justified?

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Should voting be compulsory? Many people believe that it should, and that coun- tries, like Britain, which have never had compulsion, ought to adopt it. As is common with such things, the arguments are a mixture of principle and political calculation, reflecting the idea that compulsory voting is morally right and that it is likely to prove politically beneficial. This article casts a sceptical eye on both types of argument. It shows that compulsory voting is gen- erally unjustified although there are good reasons to worry about declining voter turnout in established democracies, and to worry about inequalities of turnout as well.
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hal-03610090 , version 1 (16-03-2022)

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Annabelle Lever. Is Compulsory Voting Justified?. Public reason, 2009, 1 (1), pp.57 - 74. ⟨hal-03610090⟩

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