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dc.contributor.authorHill, L.en
dc.date.issued2017en
dc.identifier.citationAustralian Journal of Human Rights, 2017; 23(2):188-202en
dc.identifier.issn1323-238Xen
dc.identifier.issn2573-573Xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2440/115920-
dc.description.abstractUnder what democratic conditions does the ‘vertical accountability’ mechanism of voting maximise rights protection? Using an empirically informed political theory approach I argue that the Australian case demonstrates that it does so where compulsory voting laws are in place and are appropriately administered. It achieves this in often unappreciated and undetected ways. I begin by showing how compulsory voting uniquely ensures that the right to vote is transformed from a merely formal to an instantiated, material right; from a right that exists on paper to one that is not only exercisable but also exercised. It does this in a number of ways. First, compulsory voting, as it is practised in Australia, promotes the right to vote itself simply by removing most of the ergonomic, practical and even psychological costs of voting that often deter voters in voluntary regimes. Second, governments elected in compulsory voting elections are more responsive to the needs of all citizens, rather than just the (privileged) subset of citizens that vote in voluntary elections. In turn, this means they are better able (and willing) to protect such rights as the right to equality before the law and the right to be free from discrimination. In promoting these negative rights, compulsory voting also serves a number of positive welfare rights.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityLisa Hillen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.rights© 2017 Australian Journal of Human Rightsen
dc.subjectHuman rights; compulsory voting; democracy; voter turnouten
dc.titleCompulsory voting and the promotion of human rights in Australiaen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.rmid0030079097en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/1323238X.2017.1363373en
dc.identifier.pubid389596-
pubs.library.collectionPolitics publicationsen
pubs.library.teamDS14en
pubs.verification-statusVerifieden
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
dc.identifier.orcidHill, L. [0000-0002-9098-7800]en
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