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The Electorate

Richard S. Katz

in Democracy and Elections

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780195044294
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854752 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195044294.003.0013
The Electorate

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This chapter examines the role of the electorate in the democratic process. It provides a summary of the evolution of the electoral franchise in a variety of countries, focusing specifically on the requirements for voting in the lower house of the national parliament. It suggests that most qualifications for voting may be grouped into those based on community membership, those based on competence, and those based on autonomy.

Keywords: electorate; democratic process; electoral franchise; lower house; national parliament; parliamentary election

Chapter.  11679 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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