Electoral Systems: A Comparative Introduction

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Electoral Systems examines the six principal types of electoral systems currently in use in more than 50 of the world's democracies: single member plurality, alternative vote, two-round systems, list, single transferable vote, and the currently fashionable "mixed" systems. A common format is adopted throughout, dealing with explanations of how the system operates and its effects on the political system. The book concludes with three chapters assessing the (systemic and strategic) consequences of electoral systems, the factors behind selecting certain electoral systems over others, and the question of whether there is a "trade-off" between the proportionality and stability.

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David M. Farrell holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics at the University of Manchester.

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'David Farrell concisely describes - and dramatically illustrates with sample ballot papers - the variety of electoral systems across the world. His book will be an eye-opener for those unaware of the implications of alternative methods of voting. Students everywhere will learn much - about their own as well as other systems - from reading this book.' - Kenneth Janda, Northwestern University 'This excellent book provides clear and comprehensive description, analysis and assessment of different electoral systems...[T]horough...admirably clear and well exemplified...Farrell's skilful work of synthesis is the best available text on electoral systems.' - Adrian Blau, Political Studies Review '[V]ery useful, and readable...very timely...and gives a very good introduction to the topic.' - Talking Politics 'By far the best book on the subject.' - Reuven Hazan, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

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