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Compulsory Voting, Party Stability and Electoral Advantage in Australia

Mackerras, Malcolm; McAllister, Ian


Australia has the oldest and probably the most efficient system of compulsory voting among the established democracies. The main reason for its introduction in the 1920s was to increase turnout, a goal it has achieved without difficulty. Compulsory voting has also made a major contribution to the long-term stability of the party system. However, the compulsory voting system has had two disadvantages. As in other countries which have introduced compulsory voting, historically there has been a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Electoral Studies
DOI: 10.1016/S0261-3794(98)00047-X


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