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Ritual and Rhythm in Electoral Systems: A Comparative Legal Account

ISBN13: 9781409460763
Published: April 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Why do we vote in schools? "What is the social meaning of secret balloting? "What is lost if we vote by mail or computers rather than on election day? "What is the history and role of drinking and wagering in elections? "How does the electoral cycle generate the theatre of election night and inaugurations?

Elections are key public events - in a secular society the only real coming together of the social whole. Their rituals and rhythms run deep. Yet their conduct is invariably examined in instrumental ways, as if they were merely competitive games or liberal apparatus. Focusing on the political cultures and laws of the UK, the US and Australia, this book offers an historicised and generalised account of the intersection of electoral systems and the concepts of ritual, rhythm and the everyday, which form the basis of how we experience elections. As a novel contribution to the theory of the law of elections, this book will be of interest to researchers, students, administrators and policy makers in both politics and law.

Constitutional and Administrative Law, Comparative Law
Reflections on elections
Electoral ritual conceptualised
Rhythms: the when of the electoral cycle
Convenience voting: deconstructing election day?
Electoral choice: the who and why of voting
The how of voting
The where of voting
Election entertainments I: alcohol
Election entertainments II: wagering
The climax: election night and the count
The aftermath: challenges and inaugurations
Conclusion: ritual and electoral health