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Dimensions of variation in electoral systems

Gallagher, Michael and Mitchell, Paul ORCID: 0000-0001-6893-0704 (2018) Dimensions of variation in electoral systems. In: Herron, Erik S., Pekkanen, Robert J. and Shugart, Matthew S., (eds.) The Oxford handbook of electoral systems. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780190258658

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Identification Number: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190258658.013.4


Electoral systems matter. They are a crucial link in the chain connecting the preferences of citizens to the policy choices made by governments. They are chosen by political actors and, once in existence, have political consequences for those actors. This chapter argues that electoral system choice is a highly consequential matter for democratic states and offers a comparative overview of the principal means by which electoral systems vary. What are the essential components of real-world electoral systems? The chapter emphasizes the importance of district magnitude, ballot structure (with three main types: categorical, dividual, and ordinal), “levels” of seat allocation, methods of selecting candidates within parties, and devices for limiting proportionality.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2019 15:15
Last Modified: 23 May 2024 04:48

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