Analysing multiparty competition in plurality rule elections

  title={Analysing multiparty competition in plurality rule elections},
  author={Patrick Dunleavy and Rekha Diwakar},
  journal={Party Politics},
  pages={855 - 886}
The study of general election outcomes can be helped by finding better approaches for visualizing large quantities of information and asking questions about its patterning. We review the Nagayama or ‘all possibilities' triangle display, and show that it can only legitimately be used to show an overall ‘field’ of results that is logically feasible, called the effective space of competition, which varies with the number of observable parties. We apply this reductionist view to analysing outcomes… 
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