Debate: Why Does the Excellent Citizen Vote?

Journal of Political Philosophy 24 (2):245-257 (2016)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Is it morally important to vote? It is common to think so, but both consequentialist and deontological strategies for defending that intuition are weak. In response, some theorists have turned to a role-based strategy, arguing that it is morally important to be an excellent citizen, and that excellent citizens vote. But there is a lingering puzzle: an individual vote changes very little (virtually nothing in large-scale elections), so why would the excellent citizen be so concerned to cast a ballot? Why bother with something that has so little effect on the common good? This paper answers by developing the idea of respect for a practice, and then arguing that respect for democracy will often require citizens to vote.
(categorize this paper)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2018-03-09
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Two Kinds of Respect.Darwall, Stephen L.
The Ethics of Voting.Brennan, Jason

View all 11 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total downloads
57 ( #25,972 of 35,943 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
8 ( #27,571 of 35,943 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.