The Politics of Electoral Systems

POLITICAL SCIENCE 5538

We will look at the features of electoral systems that impose incentives for interparty and intraparty politics. Those features include ballot access, ballot type, the number and level at which votes are cast, the level to which votes pool, distritc magnitude, seat allocation formulas, and legal thresholds. A subset of these creative incentives for the relationships between parties include their number, relative size, and location in the policy space (interparty politics). An overlapping subsetof these create incentives for the relationships whithin parties, including between leaders and backbenchers and between representatives and constituents (intraparty politics). We will examine the existing literature and do some original researc of our own.
Course Attributes: BU BA; AS SSC

Section 01

The Politics of Electoral Systems
INSTRUCTOR: Crisp
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