Expanding the Electoral Marketplace

Russell J. Dalton and Mark Gray

in Democracy Transformed?

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780199264995
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603259 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

 Expanding the Electoral Marketplace

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This chapter tracks the changes in the total ‘amount of electing’ that have occurred in advanced industrial democracies. It establishes that citizen access through elections has grown through an increasing number of voting choices on different offices, more referendums, and more frequent elections. The largest increase has come in new forms of direct democracy, such as referendums and initiatives. Expanding enfranchisement also increased the proportion of the electorate eligible to vote across most advanced industrial democracies. The chapter also considers how changes in the amount of electing and the specific types of elections are altering the relationship between citizens and their government in significant ways.

Keywords: elections; voting; referendums; enfranchisement; citizens

Chapter.  9262 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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