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Wahlrecht für Kinder?

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Giesinger Johannes,
Project Paternalismus und der moralische Status von Kindern
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie
Volume (Issue) 103(4)
Page(s) 456 - 469
Title of proceedings Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie
DOI 10.25162/arsp-2017-0247


Abstract: Should children have the right to vote? This question is answered in the negative, in this essay. However, it is made clear that the debate on full political rights for children brings up some unsolved problems of liberal democratic thought. First, it might seem that denying a fundamental right (such as the right the vote) to children is an assault on their status as moral and political equals. More specifically, it can be pointed out that some groups of children or adolescents are denied the right to vote although they are not less politically competent than some adults. Second, there is a problem with regard to democratic legitimacy. Children are not entitled to participate in the political process, but are subject to legal regulations that result from that process. Third, excluding persons from democratic decision-making makes it difficult to adequately represent their interests in the political process.