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Faking democracy with prisoners' voting rights

Ramsay, Peter (2013) Faking democracy with prisoners' voting rights. Law, Society and Economy Working Paper Series (7/2013). Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

In the dispute between Strasbourg and Westminster over prisoners’ voting rights, the arguments of both sides help to consolidate the emerging ‘post-democratic’ political regime in Europe. The UK government’s position in Hirst v UK, and the judgments of the Strasbourg courts in Hirst, Frodl v Austria and Scoppola v Italy, all assume that democracy is no more than a matter of voter-consumers choosing between competing alternatives in the political market place. This minimalist conception of democracy also underlies the argument that enfranchising convicted prisoners will contribute to their rehabilitation. If, by contrast, democracy is thought of as a regime that seeks to achieve the collective self-government of the people, then one of its principles is that only those who enjoy civil liberties and formal independence of the executive can be self-governing citizens. Enfranchising prisoners subverts that democratic principle.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/law/wps/WPS2013-0...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2013 12:36
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2019 00:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/48985

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