The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems

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EditorHans-Dieter Klingemann

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Citizens living in presidential or parliamentary systems face different political choices as do voters casting votes in elections governed by rules of proportional representation or plurality. Political commentators seem to know how such rules influence political behaviour. They firmlybelieve, for example, that candidates running in plurality systems are better known and held more accountable to their constituencies than candidates competing in elections governed by proportional representation. However, such assertions rest on shaky ground simply because solid empirical knowledge to evaluate the impact of political institutions on individual political behaviour is still lacking. The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems has collected data on political institutions and on individualpolitical behaviour and scrutinized it carefully. In line with common wisdom results of most analyses presented in this volume confirm that political institutions matter for individual political behaviour but, contrary to what is widely believed, they do not matter much.

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Citizens living in presidential or parliamentary systems face different political choices as do voters casting votes in elections governed by rules of proportional representation or plurality. Political commentators seem to know how such rules influence political behaviour. They firmlybelieve, for example, that candidates running in pl...

Hans-Dieter Klingemann earned his academic degrees from the University of Cologne (1966: Dr. rer. pol.) and from the University of Mannheim (1978: Dr. habil.). He has held academic positions at the University of Cologne (1966-74), the Center for Survey Research (ZUMA), Mannheim (1974-80), the Free University of Berlin (1980-2002), and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pagesPublished:March 16, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Ian McAllister: PrefaceHans-Dieter Klingemann: ForewordAbout the ContributorsPart I Introduction1. Hans-Dieter Klingemann: The Impact of Political InstitutionsPart II The Project2. Ashley Grosse and Andrew Appleton: 'Big Social Science' in Comparative Politics3. David A. Howell and Karen Long Jusko: Methodological ChallengesPart III Electoral Participation4. Neil Nevitte, Andre Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil, and Richard Nadeau: Socio-economic Status and Non-voting5. Susan A. Banducci and Jeffrey A. Karp: Electoral Systems, Efficacy, and Voter TurnoutPart IV Political Parties, Candidates, and Issues6. Hermann Schmitt: Multiple Party Identifications7. Soren Holmberg: Candidate Recognition in Different Electoral Systems8. John Curtice and W. Phillips Shively: Who Represents Us Best? One Member or Many?9. Yoshitaka Nishizawa: Economic Voting10. Martin Kroh: The Ease of Ideological Voting11. Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Bernhard Wessels: How Voters Cope With the Complexity of Their Political EnvironmentPart V Expressive and Instrumental Voting12. Gabor Toka: Expressive versus Instrumental Motivation of Turnout, Partisanship, and Political Learning13. Thomas Gschwend: District Magnitude and the Comparative Study of Strategic VotingPart VI Political Support14. Ola Listhaug, Bernt Aardal, and Ingunn Opheim Ellis: Institutional Variation and Political Support: An Analysis of CSES Data from 29 Countries15. Jacques Thomassen and Henk van der Kolk: Effectiveness and Political Support in Old and New DemocraciesAppendix 1: Final Report of the 1995-6 Planning CommitteeAppendix 2: The micro-level questionnaire of Module 1Appendix 3: The macro-level questionnaire of Module 1ReferencesIndex