Voting Without Law

  title={Voting Without Law},
  author={Richard L. Hasen},
  journal={University of Pennsylvania Law Review},
This article examines the plausibility and implications of a norm-based explanation for voting. Part I reviews rational choice models for voting, contrasts the rational choice models with the social norms hypothesis and examines the empirical evidence regarding the existence of a norm of voting. As Part I demonstrates, rational choice explanations have offered only a tautological explanation of why people vote: People vote when the psychic benefits of voting exceed its costs. Unlike the… Expand
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