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The classification of electoral systems: Bringing legislators back in

André, A and Depauw, S and Martin, S (2016) 'The classification of electoral systems: Bringing legislators back in.' Electoral Studies, 42. 42 - 53. ISSN 0261-3794

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It is widely assumed that electoral institutions shape politicians' incentive for personal vote-seeking, with important behavioral and policy consequences. Yet, there is a surprising lack of consensus on how to compare real-world electoral institutions. Using new data this paper examines how legislators' own perception of their electoral incentives in fifteen democracies correspond to some of the most seminal classification schemes in political science. Our survey of 2326 legislators ? the empirically broadest study of personal vote orientation so far conducted ? demonstrates that legislators do not always understand electoral incentives in the same way scholarly rankings do, highlighting the need for scholars of political institutions to justify their choice of classification scheme. If not, an entire body of literature may be misguided.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electoral incentives; Personal vote-seeking; Legislator perceptions; Electoral system classifications
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 13:18
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 13:15

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