The Impact of Electoral Laws on Political Parties

Bernard Grofman

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Impact of Electoral Laws on Political Parties

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This article looks at the impact of electoral laws on political parties. It focuses on empirical research, rather than on the implicitly normative foundations of different voting rules or on formal modeling results. The discussion presents comparisons of a limited number of polar electoral system types. The article lists forms of proportional election methods and plurality elections, which are considered to be two of the most important methods of voting. Finally, the article serves to report the results of one of the four main concerns of the field by observing the electoral system effects on the number of parties, etc.

Keywords: electoral laws; political parties; empirical research; voting rules; modeling results; electoral system types; plurality elections; electoral system; effects

Article.  8143 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Institutions

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