The Political Morality of Voting in Direct Democracy
Ethan J. Leib
Fordham University School of Law
November 17, 2012
Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 97, No. 5, 2013
Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2177365
The voting levers in candidate elections and in direct democracy elections are identical. The political obligations that bind the citizens that pull them are not. This Essay argues that voters in direct democracy elections, unlike their counterparts in candidate elections, serve as representatives of the people and are, accordingly, bound by the ethics of political representation. Upending the traditional dichotomy between representative and direct democracy, this Essay explains why citizens voting in direct democracy are representative legislators who must vote in the public interest and must not vote in their private interests.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: direct democracy, public interest, candidate elections, voting ethics, political morality, representation
Date posted: November 18, 2012 ; Last revised: June 5, 2013
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