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 1

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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