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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Electoral Systems

A Comparative Introduction

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230546783
Publication Date February 2011
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Electoral Systems examines the six principle types of electoral system currently in use in more than seventy of the world's democracies. A common format is adopted throughout, dealing with explanations of how the system operates and its effects on the political system.

DAVID M. FARRELL is Professor of Politics and Head of the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin.

The Study of Electoral Systems
The Single Member Plurality System and its Cousins
Majority Electoral Systems: Two-Round Systems and the Alternative Vote
The List Systems of Proportional Representation
Mixed-Member Systems
The Single Transferable Vote System of Proportional Representation
The Consequences of Electoral Systems
The Politics of Electoral System Design
Electoral Systems and Electoral Institutions
Electoral Systems and Stability.


Farrell yet again delivers a master class . . . This book will sit easily on the bookshelves of seasoned electoral system academics, as well as those starting out on their electoral systems scholarly journey.' Fiona Buckley, Irish Political Studies Reviews of the 1st edition: '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 Janada, Northwestern University
'This excellent book provides clear and comprehensive desription, 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
'By far the best book on the subject.' - Reuven Hazan, The Hebrew University, Israel
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