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ECPR Summer School in Methods & Techniques 2020

Preferences for Electoral Systems

Electoral Behaviour
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Stefan Müller
Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin
Panel Discussant
Arndt Leininger
Freie Universität Berlin

25/08/2018 09:00 - 10:40
Building: VMP 5 Floor: 2 Room: 2197
Despite being a fundamental institutional factor of every democracy, we know very little about the public preferences for certain types of electoral systems. While some interest groups rally for more personalized electoral systems, there are almost no studies that have analyzed the public preferences for specific electoral systems in more detail. This question is particularly important as electoral systems usually involve trade-offs. For example, the more proportional an electoral system is, the less likely it is to produce clear majorities. When an electoral system is judged as unfair of ineffective by the public, this may have drastic consequences for citizens’ faith in democracy as a whole. This panel provides different perspectives on how electoral systems can be evaluated.

Paper List

Title Details
Multi-Dimensional Preferences for Electoral Systems. Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment View Paper Details
Preferences for Electoral Reform in Germany View Paper Details
Trading Oversized Parliaments for Proportionality - Or Vice Versa? A Comparative Analysis of Mixed-Member Proportional Systems in the German Länder View Paper Details
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