The instrumental voting hypothesis holds that voters value the right to vote only as a means to an end, as voting allows each voter to affect his own utility through his vote. By contrast, the noninstrumental voting hypothesis posits that voters attach a value to the right to vote itself, so they value this right beyond purely instrumental reasons.
Social Norms? Good equilibrium?
What’s a vote worth?
Even before the turmoil of Hurricane Sandy, many Americans were considering not bothering to register a vote for their next president. By looking at the costs and benefits of voting, this column argues that not voting may actually be the rational choice.
THE RATIONALITY OF VOTING
Why vote? http://www.interfluidity.com/v2/date/2012/11