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Should the voting age be lowered to sixteen? Normative and empirical considerations

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This article is an examination of the issue of whether the age of electoral majority should be lowered to sixteen. We consider and reject several arguments raised by both sides of the voting age debate. The key issue, we claim, is the political maturity of young people. Drawing on empirical data collected in nationally representative surveys, we argue that the weight of such evidence suggests that young people are, to a significant degree, politically less mature than older people, and that t...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Sociology
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Journal:
POLITICAL STUDIES
Volume:
54
Issue:
3
Pages:
533-558
Publication date:
2006-10-05
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EISSN:
1467-9248
ISSN:
0032-3217
URN:
uuid:503f89fd-29ce-4d18-96b0-e45a1da97c83
Source identifiers:
60321
Local pid:
pubs:60321
Language:
English

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