Electoral Systems: A Comparative Introduction

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Palgrave Macmillan, Feb 10, 2001 - Political Science - 241 pages
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Electoral Systems examines the six principal types of electoral systems currently in use in more than 50 of the world's democracies: single member plurality, alternative vote, two-round systems, list, single transferable vote, and the currently fashionable "mixed" systems. A common format is adopted throughout, dealing with explanations of how the system operates and its effects on the political system. The book concludes with three chapters assessing the (systemic and strategic) consequences of electoral systems, the factors behind selecting certain electoral systems over others, and the question of whether there is a "trade-off" between the proportionality and stability.

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I use this as the book for my Political Parties and Electoral Systems class. The students really seem to enjoy it. Its written in a lay-person friendly format. Very good for a first time in the literature. Read full review

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David M. Farrell holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics at the University of Manchester.

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