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Voting, Rationality, and Reputation

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In Chapters 9 and 10, I argued that social injustice thrives where liberal democracy is weakest.1 Notwithstanding this endorsement, it would be a mistake to be complacent, and assume that liberal democracies are immune from social injustice. Elections perform a cardinal role in any liberal democracy, and yet paradoxically this is precisely an area where we must look for potential encroachments of social injustice. In this chapter I will be asking a very specific question: why do people vote? Or, is the act of voting immune from issues of social injustice?

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  • Opinion Leader
  • Liberal Democracy
  • Rational Choice Theory
  • Instrumental Rationality
  • Social Injustice

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Bufacchi, V. (2012). Voting, Rationality, and Reputation. In: Social Injustice. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230358447_11

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