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Elections: A Very Short Introduction [#756]
Elections: A Very Short Introduction [#756]
  • Highlights a variety of different election systems
  • Provides detailed examples of how elections are run, including how ballots themselves make a difference
  • Discusses elections in a global context, not just in the United States

Most citizens know how elections work in their own country, but not all elections are created equally.
Elections occur in all democracies and many non-democratic regimes as well. They determine who will hold public office and who will have the power to govern. They connect citizens to those whom they choose to make decisions on their behalf and who regulate their behavior. This book looks comparatively at the key aspects of elections. In addition to describing types of electoral systems, it discusses the implications of the various systems for the administration of elections, voter participation, representation, government stability, and other factors. Where appropriate, it examines efforts to reform a nation's (or a sub-national entity's) system, exploring the impetus for reform and the effects of those reforms when implemented.
Elections: A Very Short Introduction asks readers to view election systems critically and comparatively, to understand that all democracies do not function in the same way, to think about the reasons their system functions as it does-for good or ill-and to consider alternatives with which they might not previously have been familiar. L. Sandy Maisel and Jennifer A. Yoder lay out the variety of electoral systems in the broadest terms- single-member district plurality systems; proportional systems; and mixed systems. They discuss voting and the various electoral institutions used to implement the ways in which voting occurs and how votes are tabulated across electoral systems. They analyze the consequences of each system, first for the functioning of the democracy, and second for the electoral strategies politicians employ, closing with a discussion of reforms under consideration in a number of countries.


Chapter 1: Introduction: elections around the world
Chapter 2: Electoral systems
Chapter 3: Voting
Chapter 4: The administration of elections and electoral institutions
Chapter 5: Consequences of electoral systems
Chapter 6: Reforming electoral systems: priorities and values

Further Reading

About the author: 

L. Sandy Maisel is Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government Emeritus at Colby College. He is the author of American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction and editor, with Jeffery M. Berry of The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups.
Jennifer A. Yoder is the Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government and Global Studies at Colby College. She is the author of From East Germans to Germans? The New Post-Communist Elite and Crafting Democracy: Regional Politics in Post-Communist Europe.

Product details

ISBN : 9780197645758

L. Sandy Maisel; Jennifer A. Yoder
160 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Aug 2024
Very Short Introductions
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Elections: A Very Short Introduction [#756]

Elections: A Very Short Introduction [#756]

Elections: A Very Short Introduction [#756]