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The Politics of Electoral Systems
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The Politics of Electoral Systems

Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell

Abstract

Electoral systems are the central political institution in representative democracies. They convert votes into seats and structure the choices facing voters. They also affect the behaviour of political parties, individual MPs, and candidates. This book looks at three kinds of issues. First, it focuses on the ‘political science of electoral systems’, that is, it joins the canon of works that have attempted to explore various relationships between electoral systems on the one hand and ‘outputs’ such as government formation, the behaviour of political actors, the representativeness of parliaments ... More

Keywords: electoral systems, elections, votes, parliaments, political parties, representativeness, electoral reform, political institutions, party systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199257566.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Gallagher, editor
Associate Professor of Political Science, Trinity College, University of Dublin
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Paul Mitchell, editor
Lecturer in Government, London School of Economics and Political Science
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Contents

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PART I INTRODUCTION: ELECTORAL SYSTEMS AND ELECTORAL SYSTEMS RESEARCH

PART II SINGLE‐MEMBER CONSTITUENCY SYSTEMS

PART III MIXED SYSTEMS

PART IV CLOSED‐LIST SYSTEMS

PART V PREFERENTIAL LIST SYSTEMS AND PR‐STV

PART VI CONCLUSION