Electoral Systems

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Edited by: David M. Farrell & Matthew S. Shugart

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2012 |
    • Online Publication Date: January 15, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446261491 |
    • Print ISBN: 9780857024275 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446261491 |
    • Series: SAGE Library of Political Science |
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Abstract

In the 25 years since Arend Lijphart remarked that ‘the study of electoral systems is undoubtedly the most underdeveloped subject in political science’ the field has developed rapidly. It is now a mature research area served by several journals, many book-length treatments, and a number of long-running comparative studies that cover just about every electoral systems family on the planet. This four-volume set brings together the very best of this research to present a comprehensive picture of electoral systems study from their design and stability to the outcomes they produce and the question of reform.

@!Electoral system design and reform

@!Indices relating to electoral systems

@!Duverger's Laws

@!Electoral systems and stability

@!Electoral systems and other consequences

@!Electoral systems cases studies.

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  • Editors' Introduction: The Study of Electoral Systems Comes of Age
    MatthewS.Shugart and DavidM.Farrell

    It was not that long ago when the doyen of electoral systems research, Arend Lijphart, could make the telling observation that “the study of electoral systems is undoubtedly the most underdeveloped subject in political science” (1985: 3). In the quarter century that has elapsed, that statement has fast been proven out-dated. We now have at least two political science journals that devote considerable space to publishing work in this area (Electoral Studies and Representation), and others (such as Party Politics) that also tend to publish electoral systems research on a regular basis. A series of book-length studies by prominent authors have been produced in quick succession (Cox 1997; Lijphart 1994; Norris 2004; Klingemann ...

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