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:

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This chapter concludes the book, summarising the findings of the study and providing an overall evaluation of compulsory electoral participation on the basis of these results. It speculates as to the likelihood that electoral compulsion will be adopted in democracies where going to the polls is voluntary. The chapter also considers alternatives to making electoral participation a legal obligation, as well as possible modifications to the institution.

Keywords: compulsory electoral participation; electoral compulsion; democracy; voluntary polls; legal obligation

Chapter.  8466 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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