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The Politics of Electoral Systems$
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Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199257566.001.0001

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Hungary: Holding Back the Tiers

Hungary: Holding Back the Tiers

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(p.231) 11 Hungary: Holding Back the Tiers
Source:
The Politics of Electoral Systems
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Kenneth Benoit

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199257566.003.0011

Hungary has a particularly complicated electoral system: a type of mixed system that incorporates three tiers of seat allocation, the use of a proportional allocation formula, and the allocation of a number of seats by a two-round system in single-member constituencies. Examination of the strategic incentives facing parties explains some surprising outcomes, such as the majoritarian impact on the party system and the possibility of the second strongest party in votes becoming the strongest in seats. Despite its complexity and alleged shortcomings, it is unlikely to be abandoned; it serves the interests of the largest parties, and these effectively wield a veto over electoral reform.

Keywords:   Hungarian politics, mixed system, proportional representation, two-round system, majoritarianism, electoral reform

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