Elections, Electoral Systems and Volatile Voters

Hardcover | December 15, 2008

byAdriano Pappalardo

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This book gives a full account of past experience, present structures and processes, and probable developments, of the voters- party-electoral systems nexus in twenty-one advanced Western democracies. The analysis is based on an original 1945-2007 comparative data set including all relevant political and institutional variables.

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This book gives a full account of past experience, present structures and processes, and probable developments, of the voters- party-electoral systems nexus in twenty-one advanced Western democracies. The analysis is based on an original 1945-2007 comparative data set including all relevant political and institutional variables.

GIANFRANCO BALDINI is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Salerno, Italy, and Research Director at the Istituto Cattaneo of Bologna, where he is also Co-director of a book series on the politics of advanced democracies (Elezioni, governi, democrazie). He has recently co-edited, together with Marc Lazar, the f...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.84 × 5.7 × 0.79 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230574483

ISBN - 13:9780230574489

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Table of Contents

PART I
What Democratic Elections Are, and What They Are Not
Electoral Systems in Contemporary Advanced Democracies: Basic Principles and their Mechanics
Majoritarian Systems
Proportional Systems
Mixed-Member Systems
PART II
Electoral Rules: How Effective and Why
The French 2RS: Suited for Comparative Research?
Re-Designing Cases and Indicators
From Theory to Evidence: Updating and Re-Testing Lijphart
Systemic Consequences, Past and Future

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"This book deserves a special place in the voluminous literature on electoral systems. Its explicit aim is to show that, although often declared mature, the study of this subject and their effects has neglected some important questions that need theoretical probing and new empirical tests. At both levels, Baldini and Pappalardo put forward insightful analyses and convincing comparative evidence. The book is thus an excellent example of the cumulative dynamics which characterizes the best work in political science and a compelling opportunity for reopening the agenda of the post-Duvergerian debate."--Arend Lijphart, Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, San Diego