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Predicting Party SizesThe Logic of Simple Electoral Systems$
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Rein Taagepera

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287741.001.0001

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How Electoral Systems Matter

How Electoral Systems Matter

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(p.1) 1 How Electoral Systems Matter
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Predicting Party Sizes
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Rein Taagepera (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287741.003.0001

An electoral system helps determine the number and size distribution of parties in a country, as well as cabinet duration. Electoral systems are expressed in electoral laws. Their impact depends on the way politicians and voters make use of these laws. Flawed electoral laws can lead to breakdown of democracy or to staleness.

Keywords:   number of parties, size distribution, cabinet duration, electoral laws, breakdown of democracy

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