The Ethics of Voting

The Ethics of Voting

by Jason Brennan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691154449

ISBN-13: 9780691154442

Pub. Date: 04/29/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Nothing is more integral to democracy than voting. Most people believe that every citizen has the civic duty or moral obligation to vote, that any sincere vote is morally acceptable, and that buying, selling, or trading votes is inherently wrong. In this provocative book, Jason Brennan challenges our fundamental assumptions about voting, revealing why it is not a

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Nothing is more integral to democracy than voting. Most people believe that every citizen has the civic duty or moral obligation to vote, that any sincere vote is morally acceptable, and that buying, selling, or trading votes is inherently wrong. In this provocative book, Jason Brennan challenges our fundamental assumptions about voting, revealing why it is not a duty for most citizens--in fact, he argues, many people owe it to the rest of us not to vote.

Bad choices at the polls can result in unjust laws, needless wars, and calamitous economic policies. Brennan shows why voters have duties to make informed decisions in the voting booth, to base their decisions on sound evidence for what will create the best possible policies, and to promote the common good rather than their own self-interest. They must vote well--or not vote at all. Brennan explains why voting is not necessarily the best way for citizens to exercise their civic duty, and why some citizens need to stay away from the polls to protect the democratic process from their uninformed, irrational, or immoral votes.

In a democracy, every citizen has the right to vote. This book reveals why sometimes it's best if they don't. In a new afterword, "How to Vote Well," Brennan provides a practical guidebook for making well-informed, well-reasoned choices at the polls.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691154442
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/29/2012
Edition description:
With a New afterword by the author
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
842,489
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.54(d)

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Voting as an Ethical Issue 1

Chapter One: Arguments for a Duty to Vote 15

Chapter Two: Civic Virtue without Politics 43

Chapter Three: Wrongful Voting 68

Chapter Four: Deference and Abstention 95

Chapter Five: For the Common Good 112

Chapter Six: Buying and Selling Votes 135

Chapter Seven: How Well Do Voters Behave? 161

Afterword to the Paperback Edition: How to Vote Well 179

Notes 185

References 205

Index 213

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