Altruism, civic duty, and self-interest in the decision to vote

@inproceedings{Jankowski2002AltruismCD,
  title={Altruism, civic duty, and self-interest in the decision to vote},
  author={Richard Jankowski},
  year={2002}
}
A core problem of rational-actor models for politics is the seeming irrationality of voting, namely, that it is irrational for voters to vote and to be informed about polities. A simple cost-benefit analysis indicates that the probability of one's vote being decisive is so small that the costs of voting exceed the benefits. Some authors propose that civic duty or expressive voting explain why individuals vote. However, these explanations are not completely satisfactory. Five facts characterize… CONTINUE READING

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