Territory and Electoral Rules in Post-Communist Democracies

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Springer, May 13, 2010 - Political Science - 215 pages
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The book extends research on the territorial structure of party systems (party nationalization) to 20 post-communist democracies. It explains party nationalisation as a consequence of ethnically oriented politics, and shows how party nationalisation can increase our understanding of electoral systems.
 

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Contents

Electoral Systems and Party Systems in the New European Democracies
1
2 The Puzzle of Electoral Systems Impact in PostCommunist Democracies
15
3 How to Measure Party Nationalisation
37
4 Explaining the Nationalisation of Party Systems in Central and Eastern Europe
58
5 How Party Systems Develop in Mixed Electoral Systems
86
The Joint Effect of Electoral Rules and Territory
132
An Institutional Model to Predict the Number of Parties in Central and Eastern Europe
163
Appendices
174
Notes
177
Bibliography
197
Index
213
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DANIEL BOCHSLER is a Research Fellow at the Central European University, Hungary. He studies comparative politics, with a particular emphasis on the nationalization of party systems and on electoral systems. His work has been published in Electoral Studies, Public Choice, Regional and Federal Studies, and the Swiss Political Science Review.

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