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Duverger’s Law is a dead parrot: outside the USA, first-past-the-post voting has no tendency at all to produce two party politics

Dunleavy, Patrick (2012) Duverger’s Law is a dead parrot: outside the USA, first-past-the-post voting has no tendency at all to produce two party politics. British Politics and Policy at LSE (18 Jun 2012) Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Political science has very few ‘laws’, perhaps explaining why the discipline has so stubbornly clung onto Maurice Duverger’s famous claim that countries using first-past-the-post voting systems will always have two party politics. It is no exaggeration to say that this proposition still underpins whole fields of research. Yet Patrick Dunleavy explains that modern theory and better evidence now show that the alleged ‘Law’ has lost all credibility.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/
Additional Information: © 2012 the author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Research centres and groups > LSE Public Policy Group
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2012 08:52
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45742/

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