Chapter

A history of compulsory voting and an overview of contemporary experience

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/9780719077623.003.0002
A history of compulsory voting and an overview of contemporary experience

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter details the history of the institution of mandatory electoral participation, tracing the idea back to medieval times and showing how it has developed in the modern state. It goes on to examine common reasons why compulsory electoral participation has been introduced and it closes with an overview of the contemporary use of this institution for elections to lower or only houses of parliament.

Keywords: medieval times; parliament houses; mandatory electoral participation; modern state

Chapter.  8974 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.