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Elections as instruments of democracy : majoritarian and proportional visions

Author: G Bingham Powell
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This text explores elections as instruments of democracy. Focusing on elections in 20 democracies over the last 25 years, it examines the differences between two visions of democracy - the majoritarian vision and the proportional influence vision.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: G Bingham Powell
ISBN: 0300080158 9780300080155 0300080166 9780300080162
OCLC Number: 42960488
Description: xii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Elections as instruments of democracy --
Constitutional designs as visions of majoritarian or proportional democracy --
Accountability: conditions for citizen control --
Conditions for mandates: identifiability and majority --
A vision of dispersed political power: authorized representation in policy making --
Testing the vision: responsiveness in selecting governments and policymakers --
Citizen preferences and party positions --
The majoritarian policy vision: decisive elections, governments, and the median citizen --
The proportional influence vision: representing the median citizen through a multistage process --
Overview of the elections as instruments of democracy.
Responsibility: G. Bingham Powell, Jr.

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This text explores elections as instruments of democracy. Focusing on elections in 20 democracies over the last 25 years, it examines the differences between two visions of democracy - the majoritarian vision and the proportional influence vision.

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