American Electoral Practices in Comparative Perspective

Mark N. Franklin and Till Weber

in The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199235476
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 American Electoral Practices in Comparative Perspective

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This article concentrates on three areas in which American elections have features that are illuminated by voting behavior in countries with somewhat different features. These features are multiple elections, separated powers, and the locality rule. It also describes the aspects of electoral behavior: split-ticket voting, cycle of elections, and low voter turnout. Furthermore, a discussion on midterm loss and electoral realignments is presented. A comparativist perspective on US elections might show the study of realignments in much the same way as it could help to reshape thinking in such diverse subfields as turnout, party identification, and midterm loss.

Keywords: American elections; comparativist perspective; split-ticket voting; voter turnout; party identification; midterm loss

Article.  8030 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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