Compulsory voting and election campaigns

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:
Compulsory voting and election campaigns

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This chapter is devoted to considering how compulsory electoral participation affects electoral campaigns and related attitudes. It seeks to determine the impact of this institution on campaign-related behaviour and dispositions relevant to campaigns. Compulsory electoral participation can be expected to alter the incentive structure voters face when considering elections. It will thus invariably alter the way in which those seeking to win their votes appeal to the electorate, and, in turn, the way voters react to electoral campaigns. From the perspective of electoral contestants, the main difference between an election held under voluntary voting and one held under compulsory turnout is that in the former it is necessary to place emphasis on mobilisation to get one's supporters to the polls, whereas in the latter this is taken care of by the legal framework.

Keywords: compulsory electoral participation; campaign-related behaviour; electoral campaigns; voluntary voting

Chapter.  8269 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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