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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|
|Issue Date: ||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|
|Type: ||Journal Article|
|Rights: ||Copyright © The Author . 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: http://pa.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/gss063?
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, Dept. of Media and Communication|
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