Archive for December 2011

Article on raising voter turnout rates in iPolitics

Today iPolitics published a special edition entitled “78 Ways to Fix the Way We Do Politics”. I was asked to contribute an article exploring tactics for raising voter turnout rates. My article draws on Thaler and Sunstein’s notion of “nudge” politics to outline creative, simple, and potentially highly effective ways of ensuring Canada’s voter turnout rates reverse their downward trend. You can find the article here.

The entire edition is worth checking out, as a number of notable Canadians contributed, including Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for FedNor, Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page, and Graham Fox, President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. The list of proposals is probably the most comprehensive collection of democratic reform initiatives to be found in one place on the web, which should make it a good resource for those interested in the topic.

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