Compulsory voting and the voluntariness of electoral abstention

Thaysen, J. D. (Foredragsholder)

Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragKonferenceoplæg

Beskrivelse

Proponents of compulsory voting sometimes assert that many acts of electoral abstention in voluntary voting democracies are, to some extent, involuntary, and that this supports the case for compulsory voting in two ways. First, it strengthens the case for compulsory voting by indicating that compulsory voting is necessary to ensure that de facto universal franchise. Second, it weakens the case against compulsory voting by undermining claims that compulsory voting infringes on the negative liberty of abstainers. This talk argues that appeals to the involuntariness of abstention under voluntary voting cannot bolster the case for compulsory voting in either of these ways. It does so by defending the two following claims. A) the involuntariness of many acts of electoral abstention under voluntary voting support the case for compulsory voting only if most involuntary abstainers under voluntary voting would be responsible for abstaining under compulsory voting. B) It is not the case that most involuntary abstainers under voluntary voting would be responsible for abstaining under compulsory voting.
Periode1 mar. 2019
BegivenhedstitelÅrsmødet i dansk filosofisk selskab 2019
BegivenhedstypeKonference
PlaceringVejle, Danmark
Grad af anerkendelseNational