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Behind the Ballot Box A Citizen's Guide to Voting Systems

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ISBN-10: 0275965864

ISBN-13: 9780275965860

Edition: 2000

Authors: Douglas J. Amy

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Interest in voting systems and voting system reform is growing in the United States. Voting systems--the procedures by which we cast votes and elect our public officials--are a crucial part of the democratic election process. The decision to use one kind of voting system rather than another has far-reaching political consequences. Among other things, voting systems help to determine which officials are elected to run our governments, the variety of parties that voters have to choose from at the polls, whether political minorities can win any representation, and whether the majority will rule. Amy gives readers all the information and analytical tools needed to make intelligent choices among…    
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 9/30/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.49" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Douglas Amy is professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College. He lives in Northampton, MA.

Spotlights on the Debate
What Are Voting Systems and Why Are They Important?
Criteria for Evaluating Voting Systems
Plurality-Majority Voting Systems
Single-Member District Plurality
Two-Round System
Instant Runoff Voting
At-Large Voting
Combined At-Large and Single-Member District
Proportional Representation Voting Systems
Party List System
Mixed-Member System
Single Transferable Vote/Choice Voting
Semiproportional Voting Systems
Cumulative Voting
Limited Voting
Parallel Voting
Voting Systems for Single-Office Elections
Plurality Voting
Two-Round System
Instant Runoff Voting
Making Your Final Choice
Seat Allocation Formulas in Proportional Representation
A Brief History of Proportional Representation in the United States
Lesser-Used Voting Systems
Statutory Language for Choice Voting, Cumulative Voting, and Instant Runoff Voting
Transfer of Ballots in Choice Voting
Blank Grid for Comparing Voting Systems
Glossary of Terms
Selected Bibliography
Additional Resources