Why Citizens Should Vote: A Causal Responsibility Approach*: ALVIN I. GOLDMAN

Social Philosophy and Policy 16 (2):201-217 (1999)

Alvin Goldman
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Why should a citizen vote? There are two ways to interpret this question: in a prudential sense, and in a moral sense. Under the first interpretation, the question asks why—or under what circumstances—it is in a citizen's self-interest to vote. Under the second interpretation, it asks what moral reasons citizens have for voting. I shall mainly try to answer the moral version of the question, but my answer may also, in some circumstances, bear on the prudential question. Before proceeding to my own approach, let me briefly survey alternatives in the field.
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