How Votes Are Counted

Josep M. Colomer

in Political Institutions

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780199241835
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598975 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

 How Votes Are Counted

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Voting rules producing a single absolute winner include unanimity, majority, and plurality rules. Multiple winners are created, in contrast, by electoral systems of proportional representation and further multi‐party coalition formation. Different electoral rules are evaluated for the frequency with which they produce winners, corresponding to the median voter's preference.

Keywords: coalitions; electoral system; majority; median voter; plurality; proportional representation; unanimity; voting rules

Chapter.  33669 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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