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Democracy and Disenfranchisement: The Morality of Electoral Exclusions

Claudio López-Guerra


The denial of voting rights to certain types of persons continues to be a moral problem of practical significance. The disenfranchisement of persons with mental impairments, minors, noncitizen residents, nonresident citizens, and criminal offenders is a matter of controversy in many countries. How should we think morally about electoral exclusions? What should we conclude about these particular cases? This book proposes a set of principles, called the Critical Suffrage Doctrine, that defies conventional beliefs on the legitimate denial of the franchise. According to the Critical Suffrage Doctr ... More

Keywords: disenfranchisement, franchise, suffrage, voting rights, citizenship, representation, democracy, democratic theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198705789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudio López-Guerra, author
Research Professor, Department of Political Studies, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE, Mexico City)