09:25:18 Notes.docx - Electoral Systems Democracy and Elections Elections are of critical importance in democracies All Western European countries are

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09/25/18 Electoral Systems Democracy and Elections Elections are of critical importance in democracies All Western European countries are considered democratic Elections ensure representation of preference But who’s preferences matter Electoral Systems How citizen preferences inform gov selection Way that votes are translated into seats Inextricably linked Most of Europe is PR (Propositional Representation) Most European Countries also have many political parties (connected to PR) How can we evaluate electoral systems? Proportionality Accountability/Clarity Electoral Systems Two Attributes will tell you about election system used District magnitude (geographic unit from which legislators are elected from each district). Seat allocation formula (Who wins or how many seats you get) District Magnitude Number of seats per district The lower the district magnitude, the lower the proportionality of the overall results Electoral Thresholds The percentage of the vote you have to get to get your seat
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