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Choosing Governments or Identifying Preferences? The Role of Elections in Democracy

Michael D. McDonald and Ian Budge

in Elections, Parties, Democracy

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199286720
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199286728.003.0001

Series: Comparative Politics

Choosing Governments or Identifying Preferences? The Role of Elections in Democracy

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This chapter lays out the general questions as described in the overview. Is it really satisfactory to have ‘democracy with qualifiers’ (majoritarian, consensus, and so on) each justified in their own terms? A unifying median mandate approach is proposed which also gives a guarantee of a necessary connection between popular preferences and public policy, which no other account of representative democracy provides.

Keywords: democracy; government mandate; median mandate; popular preferences; public policy; elections; political parties; representative democracy; majoritarian democracy

Chapter.  7306 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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