The view that non-voting is bad is contrasted with the view that non-voting can be functional for a political system. Works by Schattschneider and Berelson et al. are examined. Limitations in their arguments are pointed out, particularly the farmer's assertion that non-voters are being manipulated and the letters' emphasis on the short-run aspects of the system. The arguments are related to traditional conceptions of democracy.
Wasby, S. L.
Two Views of Non-Voting: A Critique.
Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science, Vol. 33 No.2, 122-128.
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