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Two arguments for child enfranchisement

Lau, Joanne


The right to vote is fundamental to democratic citizenship; it is one of the most important badges of political and legal equality. However, we deny it to children, generally without discussion. After exploring conceptions of 'political capacity', I launch two arguments. The first is the Symmetry Argument: whatever level of capacity we use for the disenfranchisement of children should be used in symmetrical fashion to disenfranchise the elderly. The second is the Argument from Domains: if we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Political Studies
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2011.00940.x


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