Social Theory and Practice 38 (1):139-159 (2012)

Nicholas John Munn
University of Waikato
This article examines the setting of the ages of criminal and participatory responsibility, noting that criminal responsibility is attributed significantly earlier than is participatory responsibility. I claim that the requirements for participatory responsibility are less onerous than those for criminal responsibility, and question the system that denies youth participatory responsibility. I suggest two methods of resolving this difficulty. First, lowering the voting age to enfranchise the capable youth who are currently excluded. Second, modeling criminal responsibility on the Australian doctrine of doli incapax, which gives provisional immunity from the prosecution to youth between ten and fourteen years of age.
Keywords Youth  Criminal Responsibility  Participation  Enfranchisement  Democracy
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ISBN(s) 0037-802X
DOI 10.5840/soctheorpract20123816
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