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Mixed-Member Electoral Systems: The Best of Both Worlds?

Matthew Soberg Shugart and Martin P. Wattenberg


This is a series (Comparative Politics) for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary issues in comparative government and politics. In the view of many electoral reformers, its subject, mixed‐member electoral systems, offers the best of both the traditional British single‐seat district system and proportional representation (PR) systems. The book seeks to evaluate why mixed‐member systems have recently appealed to many countries with diverse electoral histories, and how well expectations for these systems have been met. Consequently, each major country that has a ... More

Keywords: accountability, Bolivia, Britain, Canada, electoral history, electoral systems, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, mixed‐member electoral systems, New Zealand, party systems, proportional representation, Russia, Venezuela

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257683
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019925768X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Soberg Shugart, editor
University of California, San Diego
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Martin P. Wattenberg, editor
University of California, Irvine
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Part I Placing Mixed‐Member Systems in the World of Electoral Systems

Part II Origins of Mixed‐Member Systems

Part III Consequences of Mixed‐Member Systems

Part IV Prospects for Reform in Other Countries