Introduction: the case for inclusive voting practices

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The voter turnout gap has plagued many elections around the world, with differential levels of participation between groups having the potential to effect election results and policy outcomes. Despite this, there has been little empirical or normative theorization of the interventions that can be used redress the turnout gap and other inequalities within the electoral process. This article defines the concept of inclusive voting practices to refer to policy instruments which can reduce turnout inequality between groups and mitigate other inequalities within the electoral process. This is anchored in a strategic-relational theory of structure, agency and political change. Different state responses are conceptualized and the normative case for an interventionist rather than repressive or laissez-faire approaches is set out. A research agenda is set out which is taken up in subsequent articles in this special issue.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-130
Number of pages18
JournalPolicy Studies
Issue number2-3
Early online date28 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


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  • AGENDA, DISABILITY, EDUCATION, Electoral integrity, GENDER-GAP, LEADERSHIP, POLITICS, REPRESENTATION, TURNOUT, democratization, electoral administration, electoral management, political participation, voter turnout, voting

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