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The Politics of Electoral Systems

Author:   Michael Gallagher (Associate Professor of Political Science, Trinity College, University of Dublin) ,  Paul Mitchell (Lecturer in Government, London School of Economics and Political Science)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
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9780199257560


Pages:   688
Publication Date:   15 September 2005
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Michael Gallagher (Associate Professor of Political Science, Trinity College, University of Dublin) ,  Paul Mitchell (Lecturer in Government, London School of Economics and Political Science)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 16.30cm , Height: 4.20cm , Length: 24.20cm
Weight:   1.134kg
ISBN:  

9780199257560


ISBN 10:   0199257566
Pages:   688
Publication Date:   15 September 2005
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Arend Lijphart: Foreword Part 1: Introduction: Electoral Systems and Electoral Systems Research 1: Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell: Introduction to Electoral Systems 2: Matthew Soberg Shugart: Comparative Electoral Systems Research: The Maturation of a Field and New Challenges Ahead 3: Richard S. Katz: Why are There so many (or so few) Electoral Reforms? Part 2: Single-Member Constituency Systems 4: David M. Farrell and Ian McAllister: Australia: The Alternative vote in a Compliant Political Culture 5: Louis Massicotte: Canada: Sticking to First-past-the-Post, for the Time Being 6: Robert Elgie: France: Stacking the Deck 7: Anthony Heath, Siana Glouharova, and Oliver Heath: India: Two-Party Contests Within a Multi-Party System 8: Paul Mitchell: United Kingdom: Plurality Rule Under Siege 9: Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, and Jennifer Van Heerde: United States of America: Perpetual Campaigning in the Absence of Competition Part 3: Mixed Systems 10: Thomas Saalfeld: Germany: Stability and Strategy in a Mixed-Member Proportional System 11: Kenneth Benoit: Hungary: Holding Back the Tiers 12: Roberto D'Alimonte: Italy: A Case of Fragmented Bipolarism 13: Steven R. Reed: Japan: Haltingly Toward a Two-Party System 14: Jack Vowles: New Zealand: The Consolidation of Reform? 15: Stephen White: Russia: The Authoritarian Adaptation of an Electoral System Part 4: Closed List Systems 16: Gideon Rahat and Reuven Y. Hazan: Israel: The Politics of Extreme Proportionality 17: Amanda Gouws and Paul Mitchell: South Africa: One Party Dominance Despite Perfect Proportionality 18: Jonathan Hopkin: Spain: Proportional Representation with Majoritarian Outcomes Part 5: Preferential List Systems and PR-STV 19: Wolfgang C. Muller: Austria: A Complex Electoral System with Subtle Effects 20: Lieven De Winter: Belgium: Empowering Voters or Party Elites? 21: Peter Siavelis: Chile: The Unexpected (and Expected) Consequences of Electoral Engineering 22: Jorgen Elklit: Denmark: Simplicity Embedded in Complexity (or Is it the Other Way Round?) 23: Tapio Raunio: Finland: One Hundred Years of Quietude 24: Rudy B. Andeweg: The Netherlands: The Sanctity of Proportionality 25: Michael Gallagher: Ireland: The Discreet Charm of PR-STV Part 6: Conclusion 26: Michael Gallagher: Conclusion Appendix A - The Mechanics of Electoral Systems Appendix B - Indices of Fragmentation and Disproportionality Appendix C: Effective Threshold and Effective District Magnitude Appendix D: Values of Indices for 22 Countries at Most Recent Election Appendix E: Web Sites Related to Elections, Election Results, and Electoral Systems

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'It is a treasure trove of information about electoral systems and comprehensively examines how votes get translated into seats across the democratic world'. Times Higher Education Supplement 'This is a very useful book which, not only for its biblical proportions, could justly claim to be a bible of electoral systems' Irish Political Studies 'This is not just any book on the politics of electoral systems; it is probably the book on the politics of electoral systems ... The authors of these studies are all highly talented scholars, who usually know the comparative literature as well as their countries. In other words, they know what they are talking about, and they have been given reasonably generous space and good editorial guidance with which to do it. The result is truly impressive'. West European Politics Overall, this is a superb collection, produced by scholars who know their subject matter and can present it in a very accessible form...this is a book for which much praise is due. Parliamentary Affairs 'This is not just any book on the politics of electoral systems; it is probably the book on the politics of electoral systems ... The authors of these studies are all highly talented scholars, who usually know the comparative literature as well as their countries. In other words, they know what they are talking about, and they have been given reasonably generous space and good editorial guidance with which to do it. The result is truly impressive West European Politics This excellent book highlights much of the best in electoral systems research. With top-quality authors, rigorous attention to some key issues and first-rate comparative overviews to introduce and summarize the chapters on individual countries, this book will be one of the first to be read by both experts and newcomers to electoral systems. Party Politics covers a wide variety of electoral systems from theoretical and empirical perspectives - and it does so excellently. This brand new work is destined to become no less than the bible of electoral systems ... this anthology is already a classic Canadian Journal of Political Science 'Overall, this is a superb collection, produced by scholars who know their subject matter and can present it in a very accessible form ... this is a book for which much praise is due. Parliamentary Affairs In the foreword to the Gallagher and Mitchell collection, Arend Lijphart describes the book as an outstanding contribution to the electoral systems literature . It is difficult to disagree with this judgement' Political Studies Review This is a very useful book which, not only for its biblical proportions, could justly claim to be a bible of electoral systems Irish Political Studies It is a treasure trove of information about electoral systems and comprehensively examines how votes get translated into seats across the democratic world Times Higher political science and politics of electoral systems are treated in an understandable and at the same time comprehensive manner for a wide range of national electoral systems ... it is a very useful handbook of electoral systems for both specialists and students alike Acta Politica It is a valuable and important work of reference for anyone in academia or policy development with a serious interest in comparative electoral systems Representation


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