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The Ethics of Voting

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Zusatztext "The real value of books such as this lies in their potential to raise the level of public debate. . . . Brennan's argument is detailed and searching, which means that it presents a challenge to anyone prepared to take it seriously." ---Alan Haworth, Philosopher's Magazine Informationen zum Autor Jason Brennan is assistant professor of ethics at Georgetown University. He is the coauthor of A Brief History of Liberty . Klappentext Challenges our assumptions about voting, revealing why it is not a duty for most citizens. This title 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. Zusammenfassung 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. ...

Autorentext
Jason Brennan is assistant professor of ethics at Georgetown University. He is the coauthor of A Brief History of Liberty.

Klappentext

Challenges our assumptions about voting, revealing why it is not a duty for most citizens. This title 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.



Zusammenfassung

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.



Inhalt

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

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Ethics of Voting
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EAN: 9780691154442
ISBN: 978-0-691-15444-2
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: University Presses
Genre: Philosophie
Anzahl Seiten: 232
Gewicht: 318g
Größe: H236mm x B157mm x T19mm
Jahr: 2012
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