Chapter

Introduction

Sarah Birch

in Full Participation

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077623
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701874 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719077623.003.0001
Introduction

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This book provides a detailed overview of the history, practice, causes and effects of the legal obligation to vote, as well as an analysis of the normative arguments surrounding it. Recent debates about the possibility of introducing mandatory voting in those states where going to the polls remains voluntary call for a detailed discussion of the normative advantages and disadvantages of this institution. This chapter specifies what exactly is meant by the term ‘compulsory voting’. It seeks to conceptualise and construct a typology of electoral obligation, before examining variations in the way the institution of compulsory voting has been implemented in different states.

Keywords: electoral obligation; mandatory voting; compulsory voting; legal obligation

Chapter.  8333 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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