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Hungary: holding back the tiers

Benoit, Kenneth ORCID: 0000-0002-0797-564X (2005) Hungary: holding back the tiers. In: The Politics of Electoral Systems. OUP, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199257560

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Identification Number: 10.1093/0199257566.003.0011


Hungary has a particularly complicated electoral system: a type of mixed system that incorporates three tiers of seat allocation, the use of a proportional allocation formula, and the allocation of a number of seats by a two-round system in single-member constituencies. Examination of the strategic incentives facing parties explains some surprising outcomes, such as the majoritarian impact on the party system and the possibility of the second strongest party in votes becoming the strongest in seats. Despite its complexity and alleged shortcomings, it is unlikely to be abandoned; it serves the interests of the largest parties, and these effectively wield a veto over electoral reform.

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Additional Information: © 2005 The Author
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2013 11:44
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 09:14

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