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Between science and engineering: reflections on the apsa presidential task force on political science, electoral rules, and democratic governance

Htun, Mala and Wilson, Marie C. and Wilson, Joseph C. and Ferree, Karen and Scheiner, Ethan and Krook, Mona Lena and Moser, Robert and Shugart, Matthew Søberg and Carey, John M. and Hix, Simon and Rehfeld, Andrew and Schwartzberg, Melissa and Mozaffar, Shaheen and Reynolds, Andrew (2013) Between science and engineering: reflections on the apsa presidential task force on political science, electoral rules, and democratic governance. Perspectives on Politics, 11 (3). pp. 808-840. ISSN 1541-0986

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S1537592713002065

Abstract

Political scientists have contributed to the world of electoral systems as scientists and as engineers. Taking stock of recent scientific research, we show that context modifies the effects of electoral rules on political outcomes in specific and systematic ways. We explore how electoral rules shape the inclusion of women and minorities, the depth and nature of political competition, and patterns of redistribution and regulation, and we consider institutional innovations that could promote political equality. Finally, we describe the diverse ways that political scientists produce an impact on the world by sharing and applying their knowledge of the consequences of electoral rules and global trends in reform.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJourna...
Additional Information: © 2013 Cambridge University Press
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 15:53
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2013 15:53
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53588

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