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Electoral Rules and Democracy in Latin America

Cynthia McClintock


During Latin America’s third democratic wave, a majority of countries adopted a runoff rule for the election of the president. This book is the first rigorous assessment of the implications of runoff versus plurality for democracy in the region. Despite previous scholarly skepticism about runoff, it has been positive for Latin America, and could be for the United States also. Primarily through qualitative analysis for each Latin American country, I explore why runoff is superior to plurality. Runoff opens the political arena to new parties but at the same time ensures that the president does n ... More

Keywords: runoff, plurality, Latin America, third wave, political parties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190879754
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190879754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia McClintock, author
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University