Special Issue "Inclusive or Exclusive Elections?: The Citizens Left Out of Democracy"

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Michael Bruter
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Guest Editor
Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE, UK
Interests: elections; political behaviour; political psychology; identities; public opinion; extreme right politics; social science research methods.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Theoretically, the founding principle of representative democracy is simple: every citizen is equally represented through a right to vote. Yet, social sciences have long known that this simple principle is not necessarily as straightforward in practice. For legal, psychological, technical, social, or even practical reasons, some categories of citizens are either formally unable to access electoral democracy, or largely under-represented in it in practice.

This Special Issue is concerned with cutting-edge research on those citizens who are effectively “left out” of democracy and what makes elections more or less inclusive. Contributions are welcome from all fields of social science regardless of discipline, methodological, or theoretical approach, and empirical and geographical (comparative or single case study) scope. This may notably include legal articles focusing on categories of citizens deprived of the right to vote or of the right to register in elections, studies focusing on specific demographic, social, ethnic, or professional groups which are either under-represented in terms of electoral registration and participation (for instance, young people, economically or socially marginalised groups, homeless people, expatriates, etc.), studies relating to health and disabilities, or studies from the fields of institutions or electoral ergonomics which analyse the response of political systems in order to mitigate the under-representation of specific groups. All approaches are welcome notably including survey-based, experimental or quasi-experimental, qualitative, legal, or policy analyses.

Contributions have to fit into one of the three categories of papers (article, conceptual paper, or review) of the journal and address the topic of the Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Michael Bruter
Guest Editor

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