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Type: Journal article
Title: Republican democracy and compulsory voting
Author: Hill, L.
Citation: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 2015; 18(6):652-660
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1369-8230
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Lisa Hill
Abstract: In this article, I focus on Chapters 4 and 5 of On the People’s Terms, chapters that deal with democratic influence and control. I take an applied political science approach to how Pettit’s republic might be practically achieved by exploring the under-appreciated capacity of elections to mobilise the resistance-prone, contestatory public upon which his republicanism depends. Whereas Pettit tends to focus on public contestation between elections and only demands that the public has the opportunity to vote when elections are held, I argue that they should be given a more prominent role within his republic and further, that access to voting is not enough: rather, citizens should actually vote. In order to ensure that participation is socially inclusive and that the public’s attempts at influence are ‘individualised’, ‘unconditioned’ and ‘efficacious’ in the manner Pettit desires, I suggest that compulsory voting should be a major pillar of his republicanism.
Keywords: Elections; compulsory voting; inclusiveness; influence; control
Rights: © 2015 Taylor & Francis
RMID: 0030041466
DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2015.1092658
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