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Political Efficacy and Participation in Twenty-Seven Democracies: How Electoral Systems Shape Political Behaviour

Karp, Jeffrey; Banducci, Susan


Advocates of proportional representation (PR) often cite its potential for increasing citizen involvement in politics as one of PR's fundamental advantages over plurality or first-past-the-post systems. The assumption is that plurality electoral systems distort the translation of votes into seats, discouraging and alienating small party supporters and other political minorities. In contrast, PR systems are believed to provide greater opportunities for representation which are assumed to instil...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: British Journal of Political Science
DOI: 10.1017/S0007123408000161


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