DOI: 10.5553/RP/048647002010052001002

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Stemrecht, stemplicht, opkomstplicht: inleiding tot het debat

Keywords compulsory voting, turnout, electoral participation, electoral systems, types of democracy
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Arend Lijphart, "Stemrecht, stemplicht, opkomstplicht: inleiding tot het debat", Res Publica, 1, (2010):9-18

    Compulsory voting was abolished in the Netherlands in 1970 without a thorough debate about the likely consequences. On several occasions, I have recommended its retention in countries that have it and its introduction in countries that do not have it. Compulsory voting has a positive effect on turnout and is a guarantee for equal electoral participation by different groups in society. However, the debate is far from closed. In particular, the relationship between compulsory voting and type of democracy (majoritarian vs consensus democracy, majoritarian vs proportional electoral systems) requires further research.

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