Rowman and Littlefield International
Personal Representation

Personal Representation

The Neglected Dimension of Electoral Systems

Edited by Josep M. Colomer

Publication Date: Aug 2011

Pages 216

Hardback 9781907301162
£65.00 €90.00 $100.00
Paperback 9781907301575
£30.00 €41.00 $46.00

Personal representation is an essential element to achieve a high quality of democracy. Many studies of electoral systems, by focusing on the allocation of seats to parties, have neglected the study of this essential dimension. In democratic countries a huge variety of ballot forms and rules exist to vote for individual candidates and to allocate seats. This book studies different voting procedures and formulas for personal representation, their origins and consequences, their compatibility with party representation and the strategies and normative criteria for electoral system choice.

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