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Democracy and DisenfranchisementThe Morality of Electoral Exclusions$
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Claudio López-Guerra

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198705789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705789.001.0001

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Disenfranchisement and the Limits of Democratic Theory

Disenfranchisement and the Limits of Democratic Theory

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Democracy and Disenfranchisement

Claudio López-Guerra

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the objection that the previous chapters might fail to achieve one of the book’s objectives, namely, to shed light on the practical debates about the franchise around the world today. The reason for this, according to the objection, is that in some countries these debates are legally required to be solved in the light of democratic principles, whereas this book offers a normative analysis that confers no presumptive validity to democratic solutions. The chapter argues, however, that there is no escape from the kind of moral analysis carried out in previous chapters, because solutions based on democratic principles are significantly open-ended regarding the allocation of the franchise.

Keywords:   democracy, inclusion, democratic elections, democratic electorate, democratic inclusiveness, demos, democratic theory

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