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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Making Voting Pay
Author(s): Saunders, Ben
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Issue Date: Jun-2009
Date Deposited: 22-Aug-2012
Citation: Saunders B (2009) Making Voting Pay. Politics, 29 (2), pp. 130-136.;
Abstract: Those who regard low turnout as a particular problem for democracy are sometimes led to endorse compulsory voting as a solution. However, even if there is a moral duty to vote, such legal coercion seems illiberal. This article, by appeal to the analogous case of blood donations, suggests that we should consider instead paying people incentives to vote. This would achieve the aim of increasing turnout, particularly among underrepresented groups, without threatening individual liberty in the way that compulsion seems to.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1467-9256.2009.01348.x
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