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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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Conclusion: Are Mixed‐Member Systems the Best of Both Worlds?

Conclusion: Are Mixed‐Member Systems the Best of Both Worlds?

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(p.571) 25 Conclusion: Are Mixed‐Member Systems the Best of Both Worlds?
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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.003.0026

Reviews the experiences of several existing mixed‐member electoral systems in an effort to assess the likely prospects for the continued spread of this mode of electoral reform. There are three sections. The first, ‘Inherent and Contingent Factors in Electoral Reform’, looks at extreme electoral systems and systemic failure, act‐contingent explanations of pressures for reform, and outcome‐contingent explanations of political compromise leading to reform. The second section, ‘The Best of Both Worlds’, looks at the interparty and intraparty dimensions of mixed‐member electoral systems, and offers an assessment of these systems. The third section briefly assesses the prospects for continued spread of the mixed‐member idea.

Keywords:   act‐contingencies, assessment, contingent factors, electoral reform, electoral systems, extreme electoral systems, interparty dimension, intraparty dimension, mixed‐member electoral systems, outcome‐contingencies, political compromise, prospects, spread, systemic failure

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