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Democracy and Elections$
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Richard S. Katz

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195044294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195044294.001.0001

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The Description of Electoral Systems

The Description of Electoral Systems

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(p.107) 8 The Description of Electoral Systems
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Democracy and Elections
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Richard S. Katz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195044294.003.0008

This chapter describes various types of electoral systems and examines their role in the democratic process. It attempts to answer questions about an particular electoral system and examines the arguments for and against various answers to questions about this electoral system and the consequences of those answers for politics and for the nature of democracy and the achievement of democratic values. It suggests that an electoral system's construction may contribute to determining who wins not only in the limited sense of being elected but in the more general sense of wielding enhanced political influence even in opposition.

Keywords:   electoral system, democratic process, politics, democracy, democratic values, political influence

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