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To Keep or To Change First Past The Post?: The Politics of Electoral Reform

André Blais


The book addresses the following questions: What fosters or hinders reform of first past the post? When and why does reform emerge on the political agenda? Who proposes and who opposes reform? When and why do reform proposals succeed or fail? What kind of proposal tends to be put on the table? Are some types of proposal more likely to succeed? Why? The book offers a thorough examination of all these questions. A first chapter undertakes a comparative analysis of the conditions under which reform is initiated. The following chapters investigate in detail the politics of electoral reform in the ... More

Keywords: first past the post, electoral system, electoral reform, proportional representation, mixed system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199539390
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

André Blais, editor
Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Montreal
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