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Les rituels de vote en France et au Royaume-Uni

Abstract : Voting is a symbolic practice. Yet, political scientists tend to focus either on the outcomes of elections or on citizens’ motivations to vote in the first place – typically by building models of the former on assumptions made about the latter. By doing so, they forget the symbolic significance of the practice itself and the meaning it has for the participants. In this paper, we seek to restore a focus on this symbolic dimension, through an analysis of voting rituals in France and Britain. We explore what citizens do when they vote. In particular we pay attention to how the voter’s choice is constructed as either something that can be performed and hence displayed publicly or as irredeemably secret and private. We consider how such typically taken-for-granted practices help us understand the extent to which these actions reflect divergent assumptions about the boundaries of the public and the private and contribute to construct particular visions of the polity and the place of citizens in the democratic process.
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Florence Faucher, Colin Hay. Les rituels de vote en France et au Royaume-Uni. Revue Francaise de Science Politique, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 2015, 65 (2), pp.213 - 236. ⟨hal-02186390⟩

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