The Ethnopolitics of Elections

The Ethnopolitics of Elections

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The Ethnopolitics of Elections

This volume conceptualizes the dynamics underlying electoral politics in ethnically divided societies, providing empirical evidence and analysis of recent elections in such societies on a comparative and single-case basis, including case studies of Macedonia, Slovakia, Belgium, Malaysia, Singapore, Rwanda, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.

Free and fair elections are one of the most fundamental characteristics of democratic systems. In ethnically divided societies, elections and the rules and regulations on which they are based assume special importance because they provide important levers to guarantee, or prevent, adequate representation of different communal groups in the key institutions of the state. Hence not only are elections contested vigorously, but also the electoral systems according to which they are conducted.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Ethnopolitics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415400473
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/14/2007
Series: Association for the Study of Nationalities Series
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Ethnopolitics of Elections. Electoral Systems and Good Governance in Divided Countries. Electoral System Design and Minority Representation in Slovakia and Macedonia. The Adaptation of the Electoral System to the Ethno-Linguistic Evolution of Belgian Consociationalism. Multiracialism Engineered: The Limits of Electoral and Spatial Integration in Singapore. Playing The (Non)Ethnic Card: The Electoral System and Ethnic Voting Patterns in Malaysia. Democratization and Ethnic Politics: Rwanda’s Electoral Legacy. Exceptional Victories: Multi-Racialism in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.

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