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Cover photograph: Man and woman at voting booths in a cropfield. Photographer: Andy
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Second printing, and first paperback printing, with a new afterword, 2012
Paperback ISBN 978-0-691-15444-2

The Library of Congress has cataloged the cloth edition of this book as follows

Brennan, Jason.
The ethics of voting / Jason Brennan.
p. cm.—(Voting as an ethical issue—Arguments for a duty to vote—Civic virtue
without politics—Wrongful voting—Deference and abstention—For the common good—
Buying and selling votes—How well do voters behave?)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-691-14481-8 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Voting—Moral and ethical aspects.
I. Title.
JF1001.B742 2011
172’.1—dc22 2010047879

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Printed on acid-free paper. ∞

Printed in the United States of America

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The Ethics of Voting
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction Voting as An Ethical Issue 1
  • Chapter One- Arguments for a Duty to Vote 15
  • Chapter Two- Civic Virtue without Politics 43
  • Chapter Three- Wrongful Voting 68
  • Chapter Four- Deference and Abstention 95
  • Chapter Five- For the Common Good 112
  • Chapter Six- Buying and Selling Votes 135
  • Chapter Seven- How Well Do Voters Behave? 161
  • Afterword to the Paperback Edition How to Vote Well 179
  • Notes 185
  • References 205
  • Index 213
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