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Compulsory voting. Does a massive electoral turnout encourage a social duty or the «donkey-vote»?

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duty or the «donkey-vote»?
Articolo
rivista STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA
fascicolo STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA - 2019 - 4
titolo Compulsory voting. Does a massive electoral turnout encourage a social duty or the «donkey-vote»?
autore
editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 02-2020
doi 10.26350/000309_000074
issn 0039291X (stampa) | 18277896 (digitale)
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This paper is focused on the problem of «compulsory voting» inside the contemporary democracies. The research demand is: is there a relation between compulsory vote and the possibility to increase the electoral turnout for citizens more and more detached from politics in many countries (to strengthen the sentiment of civic duty)? Furthermore: which are the reasons of supporters of compulsory voting and the arguments against it for keeping a voluntary system in political elections (for instance the electoral choice pattern called «donkey vote»)? Based on data and empirical findings, the Author favours a model of liberal democracy that cannot tolerate impositions and constraints whatsoever for voting choices and does not consider non-vote as an element of delegitimization of the democratic system.

keywords

Compulsory voting, Incentive, Vote, Electoral turnout, Electoral system, Democracy, Political representation

Biografia dell'autore

Raffaele De Mucci, Department of Political Sciences, Luiss-Guido Carli. Professor of Political Sociology; Comparative Politics Coordinator of Research Group Luiss-Laps. Email: rdemucci@luiss.it. Orcid: 0000-0002-9785-5456