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Faces on the Ballot: The Personalization of Electoral Systems in Europe

Alan Renwick and Jean-Benoit Pilet


One of the key shifts in contemporary politics is the trend towards greater personalization. Citizens are slowly dealigning from collective actors such as political parties, and individual politicians are therefore growing in importance in elections, government, parties, and the media. But is this trend also changing the institutional architecture of contemporary democracy itself? This book shows that the trend towards personalization is indeed changing core democratic institutions. Studying the evolution of electoral systems in thirty-one European democracies since 1945, it demonstrate that, ... More

Keywords: list systems, ballot structure, electoral reform, electoral system, intra-party dimension, personalization, preferential voting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199685042
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Renwick, author
Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit, Department of Political Science, University College London

Jean-Benoit Pilet, author
Professor of Political Science, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)