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Electoral Systems and Legislative Organization

Martin, SG (2018) 'Electoral Systems and Legislative Organization.' In: Herron, ES and Pekkanen, RJ and Shugart, MS, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190258658

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Legislatures are a cornerstone of representative democracy. Electoral systems determine how votes are transformed into legislative seats. Because of this, what legislators must do to win re-elected is shaped by electoral rules. The impact of electoral incentives goes beyond behavior, potentially shaping the rules and procedures of the legislature itself. This chapter analyses theories and evidence which link legislative organization to members’ electoral incentives. However, not all legislative structures have a clear electoral basis. As this chapter suggests, the relationship between electoral systems and how a legislature chooses to organize itself is a conditional one.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: electoral incentives, electoral systems, legislative organization, legislatures, parliaments, legislative particularism, personal vote, committees
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 15:00
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 01:00

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