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Elections, Parties, Democracy: Conferring the Median Mandate

Michael D. McDonald and Ian Budge


The book proposes a unifying conception which shows that the differences between ‘majoritarian’, ‘consensus’ and other forms of representative democracy are superficial compared to what unites them. The common element is the empowerment of the median voter by making the party (s)he votes for the median party in the legislature. Comparative evidene covering 21 democracies from 1950-1995 is assembled to check out the descriptive credentials of this idea, in contrast to the government mandate which forms the normal description and justification of democracy as providing ‘a necessary link between ... More

Keywords: representation, mandates, government mandate, median mandate, democratic theory, direct democracy, comparative data, policy convergence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199286720
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199286728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael D. McDonald, author
Associate Professor in Politics, Binghamton University
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Ian Budge, author
Professor of Government, University of Essex
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