From Duverger to Rokkan and back

Progress and challenges in the study of electoral systems 1

Authored by: Gabriel L. Negretto

Routledge Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415630887
eBook ISBN: 9781315731377
Adobe ISBN: 9781317551799


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Traditional electoral studies have primarily been concerned with the effect of the rules of election on party systems and with the consequences of the rules of candidate selection on party organization and behavior. More recently, a considerable number of scholars have addressed the potential endogeneity of electoral rules; in particular, how the conditions of party competition may themselves trigger processes of electoral change. In this chapter, I discuss some central topics in the literature on the party system effects of electoral rules and on the determinants of electoral reform, two areas of electoral research that reveal the progress made and the challenges ahead in the more general study of political institutions.

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