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comp politics lec 9 - Monday October 8 2007 Intro to...

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Monday – October 8, 2007: Intro to Electoral Systems Topics for class discussion: - Why study electoral systems - Some key features of electoral systems I. Why electoral systems matter Note : I do not adhere to Farrell’s distinction between “electoral laws” and “electoral systems”; when I use the phrase “electoral system” I am using it to refer to all laws, rules, and processes related to elections. a. Electoral systems are designed to ensure the smooth operation of campaigns and elections, and the legitimacy of elections and their outcomes b. Electoral systems are often referred to as political institutions – they are comprised of rules and laws regarding political campaigns and elections i. Examples of rules and laws : mandatory voting; election day is a holiday; candidate nomination process; election-day rules; district magnitude; ballot structure; electoral formulas; redistricting ii. The laws associated with electoral systems provide incentives/disincentives for political parties, candidates, and citizens (and interest groups) to behave in particular ways 1. People may act in part based on expectations of what others will do, and the consequences of their own and others’ actions given
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course POLISCI 790:103 taught by Professor Craig during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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