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The Description of Electoral Systems

Richard S. Katz

in Democracy and Elections

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780195044294
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854752 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195044294.003.0008
The Description of Electoral Systems

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This chapter describes various types of electoral systems and examines their role in the democratic process. It attempts to answer questions about an particular electoral system and examines the arguments for and against various answers to questions about this electoral system and the consequences of those answers for politics and for the nature of democracy and the achievement of democratic values. It suggests that an electoral system's construction may contribute to determining who wins not only in the limited sense of being elected but in the more general sense of wielding enhanced political influence even in opposition.

Keywords: electoral system; democratic process; politics; democracy; democratic values; political influence

Chapter.  6140 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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