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Democracy and the politics of electoral system choice : engineering electoral dominance

Author: Amel Ahmed
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
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"Amel Ahmed brings new historical evidence and a novel theoretical framework to bear on the study of democratization. Looking at the politics of electoral system choice at the time of suffrage expansion among early democratizers, she shows that the electoral systems used in advanced democracies today were initially devised as exclusionary safeguards to protect pre-democratic elites from the impact of democratization  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amel Ahmed
ISBN: 9781107031616 1107031613
OCLC Number: 798059381
Awards: Winner of American Political Science Association European Politics and Society Section: Best Book Award 2014.
Description: xii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Contradictions and ambiguities of democratization --
Strategies of containment : the role of repression and accommodation --
Strategies of competition : the logic of electoral system choice, single member plurality (SMP) vs. proportional representation (PR) --
The United States : pre-industrial democratization and the origins of SMP --
The United Kingdom : safeguarding the Reform Acts with SMP --
France : the tumultuous path of electoral system choice in the Third Republic --
Belgium : minimizing the existential threat with PR --
Rethinking democracy's determinisms --
The existential threat : electoral viability and ideological radicalism.
Responsibility: Amel Ahmed.

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This book explores the dynamics of electoral system choice and raises questions about the democratic credentials of the early processes of democratization.  Read more...

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'By focusing on the strategies and motives of pre-democratic political elites, Ahmed's comparative analysis sheds new light on the determinants of electoral reform in early democratizers. Her study Read more...

 
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