Electoral Systems and Democracy

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Larry Diamond, Marc F. Plattner
JHU Press, Jul 17, 2006 - Political Science - 245 pages
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The newest volume in the acclaimed Journal of Democracy series addresses electoral systems and democracy. As the number of democracies has increased around the world, a heated debate has emerged among experts about which system best promotes the consolidation of democracy. Is proportional representation, a majoritarian system, a mixture of the two, or some other system the best for new democracies? This book compares the experiences of diverse countries, from Latin America to southern Africa, from Uruguay, Japan, and Taiwan to Israel, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Contributors: Joel D. Barkan, Jeffrey Cason, Adeed Dawisha, Larry Diamond, Andrew Ellis, Ken Gladdish, Donald Horowitz, Guy Lardeyret, Arend Lijphart, Jih-wen Lin, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Marc F. Plattner, Quentin L. Quade, Benjamin Reilly, Andrew Reynolds, David Samuels, Richard Snyder, Richard Soudriette, R. Kent Weaver

  

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Contents

Horowitz
3
A Global Snapshot
16
Dealing with Divided Societies
27
The Case for Power Sharing
42
The Impact of Federalism
56
Constitutional Choices for New Democracies
73
The Problem with
86
DoubleChecking the Evidence
98
JoelD Barkan
135
The Case for Proportionality
146
Jeffrey Cason
154
Devaluing the Vote in Latin America
168
Why Direct Election Failed in Israel
182
The Politics of Reform in Japan and Taiwan
196
The Curious Case of Afghanistan
210
Iraqs Year of Voting Dangerously
224

The Primacy of the Particular
105
Constitutional Engineering in Southern Africa
121

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Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute of War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Marc F. Plattner is vice president for research and studies at the National Endowment for Democracy. They serve as codirectors of the International Forum for Democratic Studies and coeditors of the Journal of Democracy, as well as of other collections of essays available from Johns Hopkins, including The Global Divergence of Democracies, Islam and Democracy in the Middle East, and Democracy after Communism.

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