Dierks, Konrad, Alger, Ingela and Laslier, Jean-François (2021) Does universalization ethics justify participation in large elections? TSE Working Paper, n. 21-1193, Toulouse

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What drives voters’ decisions to participate in large elections under costly voting, despite the rational expectation that this has no impact on the outcome? We propose a new model of ethical voters, by positing that they have Kantian or semi-Kantian preferences. With such preferences, voters evaluate their behavior in light of what the outcome would be, should a fraction of the other voters choose the same course of action. The “other voters” can be either the entire population (“non-partisan ethics”) or the individuals with same interest (“partisan ethics”). In a model with two candi-dates and a continuum of voters, we find that turnout is strictly positive as soon as the evaluation by the voters of the political outcome is not strictly of the “winner-take-all” kind. Moreover, the equilibrium turnout rates depend on the specifics of the election at hand, such as the relative stake of the election for the two supporter groups and the presence of core constituent groups.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: February 2021
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Uncontrolled Keywords: voter turnout, voting, ethical voter, homo moralis, Kantian morality
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université de Toulouse 1
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2021 10:33
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 13:13
OAI Identifier: oai:tse-fr.eu:125344
URI: https://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/42745
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