“Keeping Pandora’s (ballot) box half-shut” : a comparative inquiry into the institutional limits of external voting in EU Member States

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title “Keeping Pandora’s (ballot) box half-shut” : a comparative inquiry into the institutional limits of external voting in EU Member States
Author(s) Hutcheson, Derek ; Arrighi, Jean-Thomas
Date 2015
English abstract
The article compares the institutional constraints that limit the potential electoral impact of external voting in national legislative elections in the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU). It shows that the discrepancy between policy aims and outcomes can be mainly attributed to a variety of institutional constraints restricting the scope of the policy (through residence and professional qualifications); limiting eligible voters’ access to the ballot (through cumbersome registration procedures and voting methods); and reducing the electoral weight attributed to their votes (through distinct modes of representation). It argues that the discrepancy is at least partly the result of a combination of electoral and normative concerns about the influence that external voters could and should have in elections. Institutional restrictions on the franchise of external citizens may be interpreted as a way to keep the ‘Pandora’s Box’ of unexpected electoral consequences half-shut, by extending the suffrage to a traditionally excluded electorate while at the same time moderating the implications.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2014.979161 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue Democratization;5
Volume 22
ISSN 1351-0347
Pages 884-905
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) external voting
European Union
tipping
access to the ballot
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19518 (link to this page)

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