Privacy and Democracy: What the Secret Ballot Reveals

Law, Culture and Humanities, 2015, Forthcoming

30 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2014

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Annabelle Lever

University of Geneva - Department of Political Science and International Relations

Date Written: July 23, 2012

Abstract

Does the rejection of pure proceduralism show that we should adopt Brettschneider’s value theory of democracy? The answer, this paper suggests, is ‘no.’ There are a potentially infinite number of incompatible ways to understand democracy, of which the value theory is, at best, only one. The paper illustrates and substantiates its claims by looking at what the secret ballot shows us about the importance of privacy and democracy. Drawing on the reasons to reject Mill’s arguments for open voting, in a previous paper by the paper explains that people’s claims to privacy have a constitutive, as well as an instrumental, importance to democratic government, which is best seen by attending to democracy as a practice, and not merely as a distinctive set of values.

Keywords: democracy, privacy, secret ballot, equality, brettschneider, John Stuart Mill, open voting, citizens, representatives, legislators

Suggested Citation

Lever, Annabelle, Privacy and Democracy: What the Secret Ballot Reveals (July 23, 2012). Law, Culture and Humanities, 2015, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2500227

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