Balado : Le vote obligatoire, une bonne idée ?
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Department of Political Science at Université de Montréal, the faculty is sharing their insights and expertise by means of a podcast series. In the second podcast in the series “la politique en questions” Ruth Dassonneville and André Blais discuss compulsory voting. You can access the podcast here. Enjoy […] Read more
Compulsory Voting Rules, Reluctant Voters and Ideological Proximity Voting
Abstract Political theorists have argued that democracies should strive for high turnout, leading to an argument for the introduction of compulsory voting, one of the surest ways to increase turnout. Others have warned that this obligation comes at a cost of lower quality votes. We investigate these claims by examining the impact of compulsory voting […] Read more
Compulsory Voting, Inequality, and Quality of the Vote
Abstract Democratic elections imply that the electorate holds incumbents accountable for past performance, and that voters select the party that is closest to their own political preferences. Previous research shows both elements require political sophistication. A number of countries throughout the world have a system of compulsory voting, and this legal obligation boosts […] Read more
High Turnout in the Low Countries
Abstract We use a quasi-experimental framework to test the conventional wisdom that left-of-center parties benefit from higher turnout by analyzing the partisan effects of the abolition of compulsory voting in the Netherlands. Fixed effects, multilevel, and matching models of party family vote shares in the Netherlands before and after the reform–and in reference to a […] Read more