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Comparative politics of strategic voting : a hierarchy of electoral systems


Gschwend, Thomas

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Abstract "What is the impact of electoral rules on the way people make decisions in the voting booth? Institutional incentives moderate a voter’s expectation formation process and, therefore, make the frequency of strategic voters predictable across a wide range of electoral systems. I provide evidence that there is a latent dimension of propensity to cast a strategic vote following the wasted-vote logic on which various seat-allocation systems can be placed even controlling for district magnitude. Thus the variance of vote-to-seat conversion mechanisms is far more important in determining the level of strategic voting across electoral systems than previously thought." (author's abstract)
Keywords electoral system; voting behavior; voter; decision making; strategy
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method not specified
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
City Mannheim
Page/Pages 30 p.
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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