It's Parties that Choose Electoral Systems (Or, Duverger's Laws Upside Down)

@article{Colomer2005ItsPT,
  title={It's Parties that Choose Electoral Systems (Or, Duverger's Laws Upside Down)},
  author={J. Colomer},
  journal={Political Studies},
  year={2005},
  volume={53},
  pages={1 - 21}
}
  • J. Colomer
  • Published 2005
  • Economics, Sociology
  • Political Studies
  • This article presents, discusses and tests the hypothesis that it is the number of parties that can explain the choice of electoral systems, rather than the other way around. Already-existing political parties tend to choose electoral systems that, rather than generate new party systems by themselves, will crystallize, consolidate or reinforce previously existing party configurations. A general model develops the argument and presents the concept of ‘behavioral-institutional equilibrium’ to… CONTINUE READING
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