International Workshop : Rethinking Compulsory Voting


Compulsory voting (CV) is a topic that has elicited much attention in contemporary democratic theory over the past few years. Defenders of CV have appealed to a variety of arguments, including the view that CV contributes to greater representativeness; that it helps to overcome the lack of coordination between political allies; that it prevents non-voters from free riding on voters’ active contribution to good governance; or that it contributes to democratic moderation. These arguments have been met with various kinds of criticisms. However, the literature on CV has mostly neglected two key elements of the institutional framework within which CV is expected to contribute to the realization of the aforementioned goals: political parties and electoral design. Similarly, the emerging literatures on the normative dimensions of partisanship and electoral design have failed to engage with the empirical and normative analysis of CV. This workshop will therefore aim to foster a rethinking of the existing arguments for and against CV in view of a deeper reflection on the complex connections between CV, partisanship and electoral design.

This workshop is funded by the Society for Applied Philosophy.


Bâtiment: Uni Mail

Salle M4276

Organisé par

Département de science politique et relations internationales


Matteo Bonotti, Monash University, Melbourne
Annabelle Lever, Sciences Po, Paris
Anthoula Malkopoulou, Uppsala Universitet

entrée libre

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