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Elections, Parties, DemocracyConferring the Median Mandate$
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Michael D. McDonald and Ian Budge

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199286728.001.0001

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Choosing Governments or Identifying Preferences? The Role of Elections in Democracy

Choosing Governments or Identifying Preferences? The Role of Elections in Democracy

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(p.3) 1 Choosing Governments or Identifying Preferences? The Role of Elections in Democracy
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Elections, Parties, Democracy
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Michael D. McDonald (Contributor Webpage)

Ian Budge (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199286728.003.0001

This chapter lays out the general questions as described in the overview. Is it really satisfactory to have ‘democracy with qualifiers’ (majoritarian, consensus, and so on) each justified in their own terms? A unifying median mandate approach is proposed which also gives a guarantee of a necessary connection between popular preferences and public policy, which no other account of representative democracy provides.

Keywords:   democracy, government mandate, median mandate, popular preferences, public policy, elections, political parties, representative democracy, majoritarian democracy

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