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Should the voting age be lowered to sixteen? Normative and empirical considerations

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Publication date

2006

Abstract

This article is an examination of the issue of whether the age of electoral majority should be lowered to sixteen. We consider and reject several arguments raised by both sides of the voting age debate. The key issue, we claim, is the political maturity of young people. Drawing on empirical data collected in nationally representative surveys, we argue that the weight of such evidence suggests that young people are, to a significant degree, politically less mature than older people, and that the voting age should not be lowered to sixteen.

Published in

Political Studies

Volume and page numbers

54 , 533 -558

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2006.00620.x

ISSN

16

Subjects

Politics, Elections. Electoral Behaviour, and Young People

Links

University of Essex, Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to University of Essex registered users* - http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1585093~S5

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