Politics of Electoral Systems

ISBN-10: 0199238677

ISBN-13: 9780199238675

Edition: 2007

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This ground-breaking text examines the operation of electoral systems in 22 countries. With contributions from world-class experts, it places often highly technical debates about electoral systems in their real national contexts.
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Book details

List price: $56.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Foreword
Preface to the Hardback Edition
Preface to the Paperback Edition
List of Tables
List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Electoral Systems and Electoral Systems Research
Introduction to Electoral Systems
Comparative Electoral Systems Research: The Maturation of a Field and New Challenges Ahead
Why are There so Many (or so Few) Electoral Reforms?
Single-Member Constituency Systems
Australia: The Alternative Vote in a Compliant Political Culture
Canada: Sticking to First-Past-the-Post, for the Time Being
France: Stacking the Deck
India: Two-Party Contests within a Multiparty System
The United Kingdom: Plurality Rule under Siege
The United States of America: Perpetual Campaigning in the Absence of Competition
Mixed Systems
Germany: Stability and Strategy in a Mixed-Member Proportional System
Hungary: Holding back the Tiers
Italy: A Case of Fragmented Bipolarism
Japan: Haltingly Toward a Two-Party System
New Zealand: The Consolidation of Reform?
Russia: The Authoritarian Adaptation of an Electoral System
Closed-List Systems
Israel: The Politics of an Extreme Electoral System
South Africa: One Party Dominance Despite Perfect Proportionality
Spain: Proportional Representation with Majoritarian Outcomes
Preferential List Systems and PR-STV
Austria: A Complex Electoral System with Subtle Effects
Belgium: Empowering Voters or Party Elites?
Chile: The Unexpected (and Expected) Consequences of Electoral Engineering
Denmark: Simplicity Embedded in Complexity (or Is it the Other Way Round?)
Finland: One Hundred Years of Quietude
The Netherlands: The Sanctity of Proportionality
Ireland: The Discreet Charm of PR-STV
Conclusion
Conclusion
The Mechanics of Electoral Systems
Indices of Fragmentation and Disproportionality
Effective Threshold and Effective Magnitude
Values of Indices for 22 Countries at Most Recent Election
Websites Related to Elections, Election Results and Electoral Systems
Glossary
Abbreviations
Index
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