Compulsory Voting and Inclusion: A Response to Saunders

POLITICS 31 (1):2011 (2011)

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Clara Fischer
Queen's University, Belfast
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This article examines some of the arguments proffered in objection to the introduction of compulsory voting. In particular, it addresses the notion that abstention from voting is tied to political affect, and that inequality in votes is justified. Rather than presenting the debate on the enforcement of voting as a matter of pro or contra, however, it argues that insights from both sides of the discussion can be adopted to allow for an approach that manages to integrate politically alienated citizens, taking Iris Marion Young's model of inclusive democracy as a guide.
Keywords compulsory voting  inclusion  political alienation
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