Political consequences of Pacific island electoral laws

  title={Political consequences of Pacific island electoral laws},
  author={Jonathan Fraenkel},
  • Jonathan Fraenkel
  • Published 2005
  • Political Science
  • JON FRAENKEL At first sight, the Pacific Islands seem like a graveyard for institutional determinist theories regarding the impact of electoral systems on party polarisation. Maurice Duverger’s well-known ‘sociological law’ was that first-past-the-post electoral rules tend to deliver two-party systems. Proportional representation (PR) systems were more loosely associated with multi-party settings.2 Yet in the Pacific, first-past-the-post using countries, such as the Solomon Islands and Papua… CONTINUE READING
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