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Research at St Andrews

Jakob Hinze


Research overview

My research focuses on issues in political philosophy, more specifically democratic theory, political epistemology, voting rights, and the ethics of (dis)enfranchisement. My dissertation "Rejuvenating Democracy: Age, Knowledge, and the Right to Vote" develops and defends the idea that a minimum voting age is both indefensible in theory and undesirable in practice. I argue that widely held commitments in contemporary democratic theory imply that the right to vote ought to be extended to young people. Moreover, there is reason to believe that a voting scheme which enfranchises the young would promote intergenerational justice and raise levels of political engagement, turnout, and subjective political efficacy over the long run. Abandoning the minimum voting age is a simple and promising approach to reinvigorate aging democracies.

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