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Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political Behavior (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

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ISBN-10: 0521536715
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"Ultimately, by combining models based on incentive theory and cultural modernization, Norris provides an innovative and important empirical contribution to the rational-choice institutionalism literature. This book would serve well scholars seeking a broad and comprehensive overview of the debate between structure and culture as explanations of political behavior, as well as those seeking a more rigorous theoretical and empirical approach to incentive-based models of political behavior on a comparative basis." Perspectives on Political Science

"Like earlier books by this prolific author, this book is a masterpiece of synthesis, original theorizing, and empirical analysis of an impressively large number and variety of cases. Pippa Norris has a great ability to deal with big subjects in a very creative way." Arend Lijphart, University of California, San Diego

"This book looks at public opinion data linking attitudes, party choices, and electoral systems in ways that the game theory literature usually fails to come to grips with. It is a major contribution to the electoral systems literature and to the comparative politics literature in general." Bernard Grofman, University of California, Irvine

"In this highly innovative book, Pippa Norris combines institutional and survey data from 32 widely different countries to assess the possibilities and limitations of implanting democracy through institutional engineering. As the international community increasingly tries to remake political systems from Albania to Zimbabwe, this study will be an important touchstone for policy-makers and analysts alike." Richard S. Katz, The Johns Hopkins University

"Norris is one of only a small handful of political scientists who could meet the ambitions of a study such as this, and she has done it with her usual aplomb!" David Farrell, University of Manchester

Book Description

This book compares the consequences of electoral rules and cultural modernization for many dimensions of political representations and voting behavior, including patterns of party competition, the strength of social cleavages and party loyalties, levels of turnout, the gender and ethnic diversity of parliaments, and the provisions of constituency service. Systematic evidence is drawn the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems based on surveys of parliamentary and presidential contests held over thirty countries. The study covers elections held from 1996 to 2002 in newer and established democracies ranging from the United States, Australia, and Switzerland to Peru, Taiwan and Ukraine.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521536715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521536714
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Griswold VINE VOICE on August 23, 2011
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Electoral Engineering... by Pipa Norris is an interesting book about the process of electoral engineering where she argues that the voting rules in many countries do in fact matter, but ultimatly the assesment does not provide much hope for institutional reforms designed to provide increased access to the vote or broader representation. The first few chapters are a tough slog, but if you can get through it, you'll have the framework to piece together the rest of the fascinating, but perhaps overwritten book.
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It feels as though I am reading a 250 page essay. The writing is unbearably wordy and choppy (run-on sentences and breaks in thought, frequent listing, etc.) I would only recommend this to those who are extremely passionate about government, otherwise it will be slow and painful.
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