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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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The Origins and Components of Electoral Systems

The Origins and Components of Electoral Systems

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(p.13) 2 The Origins and Components of Electoral Systems
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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/9780199287741.003.0002

When choosing an electoral system, the main tradeoff is between decisiveness of government and representation of minority views. With simple electoral systems, their average effect can be predicted. With complex electoral systems, the ability to predict their actual workings is lost. Refraining from changing electoral laws frequently allows an understanding to develop of how the electoral system works.

Keywords:   decisiveness of government, representation of minorities, simple electoral systems, complex electoral systems, ability to predict, changing electoral laws

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