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Does the Alternative Vote Foster Moderation in Ethnically Divided Societies? The Case of Fiji

Fraenkel, Jon; Grofman, Bernard

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Using insights from social choice theory, particularly Black's concept of single-peaked preferences and Downs's median-voter model, the authors previously investigated the theoretical impact of the alternative vote system (AV) on the success of moderate parties in an ethnically bipolar society. Focusing on the simplest case, that with one moderate and one extremist ethnic party associated with each of the two ethnic groups, they found that for AV to necessarily yield outcomes that favor...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/38071
Source: Comparative Political Studies
DOI: 10.1177/0010414005285032

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