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Parties and Governments

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/9780195044294.003.0010
Parties and Governments

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This chapter examines the influence of an electoral system on political parties and governments. It analyses the influence of the types of an electoral system on the number of parties, the range of options available for electoral choice, the presence of extreme or ideological politics, and party factionalism. The chapter also evaluates the extent to which one can say that the votes cast in an election determines the subsequent government and how this determination differs among electoral systems.

Keywords: electoral system; political parties; government; electoral choice; ideological politics; party factionalism

Chapter.  11415 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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