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Electoral Systems and Party Responsiveness

Ezrow, L (2011) 'Electoral Systems and Party Responsiveness.' In: Schofield, N and Caballero, G, (eds.) Political Economy of Institutions, Democracy and Voting. Springer, 303 - 325. ISBN 9783642195181

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Do political parties respond to shifts in the preferences of their supporters or to shifts in the mean voter position? Also, do electoral systems mediate these crucial citizen-party linkages? The central finding of this chapter is that electoral systems do condition these effects. Parties in proportional systems are systematically responsive to the mean voter position while parties in disproportional systems do not display the same tendency. Additionally, neither system induces parties to systematically respond to their supporters.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2013 15:29
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:57

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