David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Public Affairs Quarterly 23 (4):279-286 (2009)
I argue that voting abstention may be obligatory under certain non-trivial conditions. Following recent work on voting ethics, I argue that the obligation to abstain under certain conditions follows from a duty not to vote badly. Whether one votes badly, however, turns on more than one's reasons for wanting a particular candidate elected or policy implemented. On my account, one's reasons for voting at all also matter, and one can be in a position where there is no way to exercise one's right to vote well. Seriously unfair electoral processes may put one in such a position. Such processes arguably hold in some contemporary western democracies, including the US.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Yann Allard-Tremblay (2012). The Epistemic Edge of Majority Voting Over Lottery Voting. Res Publica 18 (3):207-223.
Annabelle Lever (2009). Is Compulsory Voting Justified? Public Reason 1 (1):57-74.
Steven Pressman (2006). Clap Happy: Applause and the Voting Paradox. Journal of Economic Methodology 13 (2):241-256.
David Hartvigsen (2008). The Manipulation of Voting Systems. Journal of Business Ethics 80 (1):13 - 21.
Jason Brennan (2009). Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (4):535-549.
Jason Brennan (2011). The Ethics of Voting. Princeton Univ Pr.
Clara Fischer (2011). Compulsory Voting and Inclusion: A Response to Saunders. POLITICS 31 (1):2011.
Marcus Arvan (2011). People Do Not Have a Duty to Avoid Voting Badly: Reply to Brennan. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads126 ( #29,647 of 1,796,529 )
Recent downloads (6 months)28 ( #27,881 of 1,796,529 )
How can I increase my downloads?