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The Limits of Electoral Reform

Shaun Bowler and Todd Donovan


Institutions to electoral reform advocates and political scientists#x2014;both argue that variation in electoral institutions affectshow elected officials and citizens behave. Change the rules, and citizen engagement with politics can be renewed. Yeta look at the record of electoral reformreveals a string of disappointments. This book examines a variety of reforms, including campaign finance,direct democracy, legislativeterm limits, and changes to the electoral system itself. This study findselectoral reforms have limited, and in many cases no,effects. Despite reform claims, and contrary to t ... More

Keywords: electoral reform, electoral systems, institutions, institutional change, political behaviour, citizen engagement, direct democracy, campaign finance, legislative term limits, 2011 UK referendum campaign, comparative politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695409
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695409.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shaun Bowler, author
Professor of Political Science University of California, Riverside

Todd Donovan, author
Professor of Political Science, Western Washington University