Electoral systems and representative government (Digitaal boek)

Parliamentary elections at regular intervals lie at the heart of representative democracy. By means of their vote the citizens pronounce a judgment on the politicians who represent them and on the politics of the government of the day. The outcome of the elections decides, or at least indicates, who will form the next government. Elections are so to say the fuel that keeps the engine of representative government running. The electoral system, that is the way in which votes are translated into seats, therefore is an important factor in a democracy.
In this book the electoral systems of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are compared. The operation of these systems is explained. And also the effects of electoral systems are shown on representative-voter relationships, the party system and the formation of government. All this is situated against the background of the historical development of representative democracy and the two fundamentally different views that exist on the concept of representation.

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