Wrestling with democracy : voting systems as politics in the twentieth-century West /

"Though sharing broadly similar processes of economic and political development from the mid-to-late nineteenth century onward, western countries have diverged greatly in their choice of voting systems: most of Europe shifted to proportional voting around the First World War, while Anglo-Americ...

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Main Author: Pilon, Dennis, 1965-
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, ©2013.
Series:Studies in comparative political economy and public policy ; 39.
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Online Access:Available via EBSCO eBook Collection
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Summary:"Though sharing broadly similar processes of economic and political development from the mid-to-late nineteenth century onward, western countries have diverged greatly in their choice of voting systems: most of Europe shifted to proportional voting around the First World War, while Anglo-American countries have stuck with relative majority or majority voting rules. Using a comparative historical approach, Wrestling with Democracy examines why voting systems have (or have not) changed in western industrialized countries over the past century.
In this first single-volume study of voting system reform covering all western industrialized countries, Dennis Pilon reviews national efforts in this area over four timespans: the nineteenth century, the period around the First World War, the Cold War, and the 1990s. Pilon provocatively argues that voting system reform has been a part of larger struggles over defining democracy itself, highlighting previously overlooked episodes of reform and challenging widely held assumptions about institutional change."--Pub. desc.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xiii, 392 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-372) and indexes.
ISBN:9781442662735
1442662735