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The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems

Edited by Erik S. Herron, Robert J. Pekkanen and Matthew S. Shugart

Published in print April 2018 | ISBN: 9780190258658
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190258689 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190258658.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems

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No subject is more central to the study of politics than elections. All across the globe, elections are a focal point for citizens, the media, and politicians long before-and sometimes long after—they occur. Electoral systems, the rules about how voters’ preferences are translated into election results, profoundly shape not only the results of individual elections but also many other important political outcomes including party systems, candidate selection, and policy choices. Electoral systems have been a hot topic in established democracies from the United Kingdom and Italy to New Zealand and Japan. Even in the United States, events like the 2016 presidential election and court decisions such as Citizens United have sparked advocates to promote change in the Electoral College, redistricting, and campaign finance rules. Elections and electoral systems have also intensified as a field of academic study, with groundbreaking work over the past decade sharpening our understanding of how electoral systems fundamentally shape the connections among citizens, government, and policy. This volume provides an in-depth exploration of the origins and effects of electoral systems.

Keywords: electoral systems; elections; electoral rules; electoral reform; political parties; party systems; democracy; transitions to democracy; government

Book.  1016 pages. 

Subjects: Politics

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Terminology and Basic Rules of Electoral Systems in The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems

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Dimensions of Variation in Electoral Systems in The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems

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Electoral System Effects on Party Systems in The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems

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Electoral System Design in New Democracies in The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems

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Electoral System Change in The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems

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Social Diversity, Electoral Systems, and the Party System in The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems

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Electoral Systems and Ethnic Minority Representation in The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems

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Electoral Systems and Women’s Representation in The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems

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Electoral Systems and Voter Turnout in The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems

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