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- DescriptionMaurice Duverger is arguably the most distinguished French political scientist of the last century, but his major impact has, strangely eugh, been largely in the English-speaking world. His book, Political Parties, first translated into English in 1954, has been very influential in both the party politics literature (which continues to make use of his typology of party organization) and in the electoral systems literature. His chief contributions there deal with what have come to be called in his hor Duverger's Law and Duverger's Hypothesis. The first argues that countries with plurality-based electoral methods will tend to become two-party systems; the second argues that countries using proportional representation (PR) methods will tend to become multi-party systems. Duverger also identifies specific mechanisms that will produce these effects, conventionally referred to as mechanical effects , and psychological effects . However, while Duverger's Hypothesis concerning the link between PR and multipartism is w widely accepted; the empirical evidence that plurality voting results in two-party systems is remarkably weak-with the U.S. the most table exception. The chapters in this volume consider national-level evidence for the operation of Duverger's law in the world's largest, longest-lived and most successful democracies of Britain, Canada, India and the United States. One set of papers involves looking at the overall evidence for Duverger's Law in these countries; the other set deals with evidence for the mechanical and incentive effects predicted by Duverger. The result is an incisive analysis of electoral and party dynamics.
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication01/02/2009
- SubjectPolitical Science & Theory
- Series TitleStudies in Public Choice
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 13
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Note24 black & white tables, biography
- Weight426 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Edited byAndre Blais,Bernard Grofman,Shaun Bowler
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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