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Mixed-Member Electoral SystemsThe Best of Both Worlds?$
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Matthew Soberg Shugart and Martin P. Wattenberg

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257683

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019925768X.001.0001

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Introduction: The Electoral Reform of the Twenty‐First Century?

Introduction: The Electoral Reform of the Twenty‐First Century?

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(p.1) Introduction: The Electoral Reform of the Twenty‐First Century?
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Mixed-Member Electoral Systems
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Matthew Soberg Shugart (Contributor Webpage)

Martin P. Wattenberg (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019925768X.003.0001

Outlines the aim of the book, and briefly describes the contents of each chapter. The book seeks to evaluate (1) why so many countries with such diverse political histories have chosen to adopt mixed‐member electoral systems, and (2) what the consequences have been of implementing such a system. Part I sets the stage for the 10 country chapters presented in Part II, which presents 10 stories of why the countries concerned adopted a mixed‐member system. Part II then covers the same countries but investigates the consequences of adopting a mixed‐member system, and Part IV looks at the prospects for further reform in two further countries (Britain and Canada), and provides a conclusion, which summarizes what has been learned from the country chapters.

Keywords:   consequences, electoral history, electoral reform, implementation, mixed‐member electoral systems, political history

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