Electoral Systems A Comparative Introduction

ISBN-10: 1403912319
ISBN-13: 9781403912312
Edition: 2nd 2010 (Revised)
Authors: David M. Farrell
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Book details

List price: $49.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 2/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

List of Boxes, Tables and Figures
Preface and Acknowledgements
The Study of Electoral Systems
Why Study Electoral Systems?
Classifying Electoral Systems
Conflicting Views on the Meaning of 'Representation'
Conclusion
The Single-Member Plurality System and its Cousins
The Single-Member Plurality System in Practice
Britain's Long Road to Electoral Reform
The Electoral Reform Debate in Other SMP Countries
Other Plurality Systems
Conclusion
Majority Electoral Systems: Two-Round Systems and the Alternative Vote
The Two-Round System
The Alternative Vote System
Assessing Majority Electoral Systems
Conclusion
The List Systems of Proportional Representation
The Origins of List PR Systems
Electoral Formulas: Largest Remainders and Highest Averages
District Magnitude: Constituency Size and Multi-Tier Districting
Ballot Structure: Closed, Ordered and Open Lists
The Operation of the List PR System in the Netherlands
Conclusion
Mixed-Member Electoral Systems
The Operation of Germany's Mixed-Member Electoral System
Proportionality, Parties and Politics in Germany
Other Mixed-Member Electoral Systems
Conclusion
The Single Transferable Vote System of Proportional Representation
STV in Ireland
How STV Works
Variations in STV Design
The Consequences of STV for the Political System
Conclusion
The Consequences of Electoral Systems
Proportionality Profiles of Different Electoral Systems
Electoral Systems and Party Systems
Parliament as a'Microcosm'?
The Strategic Effects of Electoral Systems
Conclusion
The Politics of Electoral System Design
The Origins of Electoral Systems
The Reform of Electoral Systems
Explaining the Origins and Reform of Electoral Systems
Political Scientists as Electoral Engineers
Measuring Voter Attitudes towards Electoral Systems
Conclusion
Electoral Systems and Electoral Institutions
Built-in Distortions to Electoral Systems
Reform of Election Management
Conclusion
Electoral Systems and Stability
PR and Government Stability and Accountability
PR and the Rise of Extremist Parties
System Complexity, Voter Confusion and Electoral Behaviour
Is There a Trade-Off between Proportionality and Stability?
Conclusion
Appendix Tables
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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