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Full Participation: A Comparative Study of Compulsory Voting

Sarah Birch

Abstract

This is a book-length study of compulsory voting. About a quarter of all democracies in the contemporary world legally oblige their citizens to vote, making this an important aspect of electoral systems in many settings. Moreover, numerous commentators and policy-makers in voluntary voting states are coming to see mandatory attendance at the polls as an attractive option in the context of declining turnout. Yet, we know relatively little about this practice beyond its effects on rates of electoral participation; there has been a dearth of systematic examination of the way in which compulsory v ... More

Keywords: compulsory voting, democracy, electoral systems, voluntary voting states, mandatory poll attendance, turnout, electoral participation, electoral campaigns, political attitudes, electoral integrity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780719077623
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719077623.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Birch, author