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Duverger’s Law is a dead parrot: European political scientists need to recognize that plurality or majority voting has no tendency at all to produce two party politics

Dunleavy, Patrick (2012) Duverger’s Law is a dead parrot: European political scientists need to recognize that plurality or majority voting has no tendency at all to produce two party politics. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (20 Jun 2012) Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Political science has very few ‘laws’, perhaps explaining why the European discipline has so stubbornly clung onto its most famous product – Maurice Duverger’s claim that countries using ‘majoritarian’ voting systems will always have two party politics. This ‘Law’ has underpinned numerous completely ineffective efforts by European politicians in PR systems to create party consolidation by changing their voting laws. With European political scientists meeting this week in Berlin, Patrick Dunleavy explains why such ‘reforms’ have had zero success. Modern theory and better evidence now show that the alleged ‘Law’ has lost all credibility in FPTP countries – and works only in the USA.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Research centres and groups > LSE Public Policy Group
Research centres and groups > Global Public Policy Network (GPPN)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2012 08:37
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/46258/

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