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Predicting Party SizesThe Logic of Simple Electoral Systems$
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Rein Taagepera

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287741.001.0001

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How to Simplify Complex Electoral Systems

How to Simplify Complex Electoral Systems

(p.177) 11 How to Simplify Complex Electoral Systems
Predicting Party Sizes

Rein Taagepera (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Resistance to simplifying a complex electoral system is at its least when the existing number and size of parties are not altered. The existing effective number of parties is most likely to be maintained, when the district magnitude used in the new simple electoral system is taken as the sixth power of the effective number of parties, divided by assembly size. The task remains risky, especially when one party is very large and the others very small.

Keywords:   assembly size, district magnitude, effective number of parties, simple electoral system

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