The mechanical and psychological effects of electoral systems

A quasi-experimental study

André Blais, Romain Lachat, Airo Hino, Pascal Doray-Demers

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    Abstract

    Having two votes for the same election or two simultaneous elections with different electoral systems provides a golden opportunity to ascertain the impact of the electoral system and to sort out the relative magnitude of mechanical and psychological effects on parties and voters. The authors propose a new methodology for estimating such effects and apply that methodology to 13 elections, 9 in Switzerland and 4 in Japan. The authors find mechanical effects to dominate in half of the elections examined, most particularly in the more recent Swiss elections. They discuss the implications of these findings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1599-1621
    Number of pages23
    JournalComparative Political Studies
    Volume44
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec

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    Keywords

    • electoral systems
    • Japanese elections
    • mechanical effects
    • mixed systems
    • psychological effects
    • Swiss elections
    • two votes

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    • Sociology and Political Science

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    The mechanical and psychological effects of electoral systems : A quasi-experimental study. / Blais, André; Lachat, Romain; Hino, Airo; Doray-Demers, Pascal.

    In: Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 44, No. 12, 12.2011, p. 1599-1621.

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    Blais, André ; Lachat, Romain ; Hino, Airo ; Doray-Demers, Pascal. / The mechanical and psychological effects of electoral systems : A quasi-experimental study. In: Comparative Political Studies. 2011 ; Vol. 44, No. 12. pp. 1599-1621.
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