From the Introduction
An efficient electoral system for a representative democratic government must include appropriate rules for both party representation
and personal representation
. Many classifications and analyses of electoral systems focus on the distinction between majority- and proportional-rules. By doing this they address only party representation, but neglect the second essential element of any electoral system: personal representation. Some basic elements of an electoral system,mainly district magnitude (or number of seats to be elected in each district)and the electoral formula, are tools to allocate seats to parties
, that is, to produce party representation.The voting procedure as shaped by the ballot form, to be studied here, deals with the allocation of seats to persons
in order to produce personal representation. An electoral system can include rules to allocate both seats to parties and persons in order to produce both party and personal representation.
The aim of this book is to clarify the importance of these two elements of electoral systems and, given the understudy of voting formulas for personal representation, to present a basic analytical framework and a number of applied analyses on the following aspects:the different procedures of voting for individual candidates, their origins and consequences, their degree of compatibility with formulas for party representation, and the contexts,strategies and normative criteria for the choice of personal representation formulas.
All in all, there seems to exist, as is logical to expect, significant empirical correlations between high opportunities for personal representation in the ballot form and the electoral system, the adoption of moderate policy positions by parties and candidates, the use of open internal procedures by political parties, and the actual choice of individual candidates by voters.
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Good to see you are back blogging
Johns Hopkins University
He visto uno de tus ultimos libros publicados, se ve excelente y espero poder acceder pronto. Esta bastante sugestiva la comparacion que haces. El cuadro de tu tipologia de los partidos publicado en tu blog invita a leer tu libro.
Grace Ivana Deheza
I know I will be referencing this book a lot in my own work in this area. It is a terrific contribution to the literature.
Thank you and congratulations!
Matthew S. Shugart
U. California-San Diego
Dear Professor Colomer,
Please find enclosed the announcement of my new book with Rida Laraki. I hope that it my interest you.
Measuring, Ranking, and Electing
Michel Balinski and Rida Laraki
Available at bookstores or online at
Felicitats per tanta producció, tant ben rebuda!
Muchas gracias, siempre me interesaron mucho tus escritos.
Dentro de tus libros, no estoy seguro si fue el primero que lei pero probablemente el que mas influencia tuvo en mi fue "El Arte de la Manipulacion Politica". Excelente.
Inter-American Development Bank
Stephen B. Kaplan
thanks Josep. I look forward to reading
George Washington University
Thanks for the link to your blog. It is very useful and educational!
I was unaware of your work, which seems quite interesting. My excuse for my ignorance is that I am a relative novice to this area despite my age. I have been occupied on other issues, see http://econweb.umd.edu/~betancourt/, and started working on the ones most directly related to political science in the last few years.
University of Maryland