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Wednesday October 10, 2007: Electoral Systems Continued Topics for class discussion: - Recap on how electoral systems matter, and electoral reform - Preferential electoral systems - Party lists – largest remainder and highest average electoral formulas I. How electoral systems matter and electoral reform In addition to previous outline… a. Electoral systems represent the interests of those who design them (Taagepera) b. All electoral reform begins with assumptions about the changes the reform will produce c. It is dangerous to pursue reforms based on how an electoral system has worked in another country (again, more than electoral systems affect the outcome of political processes – need to examine the countries closely) d. Electoral reform must be evaluated in terms of both interests/objectives of voters and interests/objectives of candidates/parties (they can have different interests) (see Katz reading pp 11-16 ) e. It takes time to understand the impact of electoral reform (at least
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