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Compulsory voting and political outcomes

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/9780719077623.003.0007
Compulsory voting and political outcomes

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This chapter explores the impact of compulsory electoral participation on those political outcomes viewed as most significant, as well as those that can most intuitively be expected to result directly from the institution. It examines three such impacts: the impact of compulsory electoral participation on rates of female participation; the distribution of partisan support (the balance between small and large parties, moderate and extremist parties, and left-right forces); and the fairness of policy outputs, understood in terms of redistributive policy and quality of governance.

Keywords: compulsory electoral participation; governance; female participation; partisan support; redistributive policy

Chapter.  7537 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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