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Who Can Vote

Josep M. Colomer

in Political Institutions

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780199241835
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598975 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924183X.003.0002

Series: Comparative Politics

 Who Can Vote

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Small, homogeneous communities in medieval and early modern times were able to make consensual social choices by voting with relatively broad voting rights. In complex societies in modern times, the enlargement of the electorate until introducing universal suffrage rights was developed with different enfranchisement paces, electoral rules, and party systems, producing different degrees of political instability.

Keywords: consensus; electoral rules; electorate; enfranchisement; political instability; political parties; social choice; universal suffrage; voting rights

Chapter.  23717 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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