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Democracy and Elections$
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Richard S. Katz

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195044294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195044294.001.0001

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Parties and Governments

Parties and Governments

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(p.144) 10 Parties and Governments
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Democracy and Elections
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Richard S. Katz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195044294.003.0010

This chapter examines the influence of an electoral system on political parties and governments. It analyses the influence of the types of an electoral system on the number of parties, the range of options available for electoral choice, the presence of extreme or ideological politics, and party factionalism. The chapter also evaluates the extent to which one can say that the votes cast in an election determines the subsequent government and how this determination differs among electoral systems.

Keywords:   electoral system, political parties, government, electoral choice, ideological politics, party factionalism

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