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The Ethics of Voting

Jason Brennan


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. This book challenges our fundamental assumptions about voting, revealing why it is not a duty for most citizens—in fact, it 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. The book shows why voters have duties to make informed decisions in th ... More

Keywords: democracy, voting, informed decisions, sound evidence, civic duty, moral obligation, citizens

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154442
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154442.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Brennan, author
Brown University