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Title: Older Voters: A phantom tyranny of numbers? A response to Berry: Young people and the ageing electorate: breaking the unwritten rule of representative democracy
Authors: Davidson, Scott
First Published: 4-Nov-2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Parliamentary Affairs, first published online in advance of print, 4 November 2012
Abstract: This article is a response to Berry's arguments on the impact of population ageing as potentially marginalising younger people in the democratic process. Berry constructs a pessimistic account where a powerful grey vote will enact an age-based ‘majority rule’ and posits this as a ‘democratic deficit’ that contravenes the ‘unwritten’ rules of democracy. This response argues that automatic assumptions of age-related majority rule are frequently based upon a highly flawed grey power model and the need to incorporate intergenerational and intra-family solidarity, as well as life-cycle factors into these debates. This response agrees that older voters are likely to become much more important in electoral politics, but not because they will vote as a bloc or aggressively pursue material self-interest, but because ageing policy challenges may increasingly attain the status of valence issues in future elections.
DOI Link: 10.1093/pa/gss063
ISSN: 0031-2290
eISSN: 1460-2482
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Author [2012]. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Hansard Society; all rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Parliamentary Affairs following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Parliamentary Affairs, first published online in advance of print, 4 November 2012, is available online at: ijkey=uCmXWH5xQPcGSdI&keytype=ref
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