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Elections as Instruments of Democracy Majoritarian and Proportional Visions

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ISBN-10: 0300080166

ISBN-13: 9780300080162

Edition: 2000

Authors: G. Bingham Powell

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This text explores elections as instruments of democracy. Focusing on elections in 20 democracies over the last 25 years, it examines the differences between two visions of democracy - the majoritarian vision and the proportional influence vision.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 7/11/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

G. Bingham Powell, Jr. is Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester, and the coauthor of Comparative Politics: System, Process, and Policy.

List of Tables
List of Figures
Citizens, Elections, and Policy Making
Elections as Instruments of Democracy
Constitutional Designs as Visions of Majoritarian or Proportional Democracy
Responsiveness: Connecting Votes, Governments, and Policymakers
Accountability: Conditions for Citizen Control
Conditions for Mandates: Identifiability and Majority
A Vision of Dispersed Political Power: Authorized Representation in Policy Making
An Alternative Formulation for Minority Governments
Testing the Visions: Responsiveness in Selecting Governments and Policymakers
Congruent Representation: Connecting Citizens' Preferences, Governments, and Policymakers
Citizen Preference and Party Positions
The Majoritarian Policy Vision: Decisive Elections, Governments, and the Median Citizen
The Proportional Influence Vision: Representing the Median Citizen Through a Multistage Process
Overview of Elections as Instruments of Democracy
Subject Index
Author Index