Democracy and Elections

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This book addresses the relationship between four values of democratic theory--popular sovereignty, liberalism, personal development, and community--and the electoral institutions used to implement them. After a chapter sketching the electoral institutions of Athens, the Roman Republic, the medieval church, and pre-reform Britain, the book examines what role elections are expected to play in a variety of democratic theories. The major theme of this section is that the four values are largely incompatible; ...
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Overview


This book addresses the relationship between four values of democratic theory--popular sovereignty, liberalism, personal development, and community--and the electoral institutions used to implement them. After a chapter sketching the electoral institutions of Athens, the Roman Republic, the medieval church, and pre-reform Britain, the book examines what role elections are expected to play in a variety of democratic theories. The major theme of this section is that the four values are largely incompatible; therefore, different choices must be made between them. Part II addresses the empirical consequences of electoral institutions by examining electoral systems worldwide with the objective of finding the institutions most appropriate to each model of democracy. This impressive study provides empirical information on more electoral institutions in more countries than has ever been available in one volume before.
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"...the book makes a solid contribution and should be of interest both to empirical students of elections and to democratic theorists."--Perspectives on Political Science

"...an excellent book that will be of tremendous use to scholars."--Political Science Quarterly

Mark P. Jones
Katz's fine book represents a notable advance in our understanding of elections. It will be of great interest to electoral sytems scholars as well as to anyone concerned with the relationship between elections and democracy...[A]n excellent book that will be of tremendous use to scholars. This utility stems from the book's exceptional linkage of democratic theory to the empirical study of electoral systems as well as its detailed empirical analysis.
Political Science Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195044294
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Johns Hopkins University
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Table of Contents

1 Values and Institutions 3
2 Early Voting and Elections 10
3 Popular Sovereignty 26
4 Liberal Democracy 46
5 Participationist Democracy 67
6 Communitarian Democracy 78
7 The Roles of Elections 100
8 The Description of Electoral Systems 107
9 Representation: The Relationship between Seats and Votes 119
10 Parties and Governments 144
11 Districting: Apportionment and Gerrymanders 173
12 The Nature of Electoral Choice 192
13 The Electorate 216
14 Candidacy 246
15 Elections and Democracy 278
Notes 311
Index 339
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