Debating Electoral Systems: Getting Elections Wrong

Issue Date January 2012
Volume 23
Issue 1
Page Numbers 164-68
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In their response to Timothy Meisburger’s essay, Andrew Reynolds and John M. Carey argue that the weight of the evidence—from nations actually going through democratic change, as well as from the scholarly literature that tries to understand such change—points to the conclusion that proportional systems, while not solving the all the problems by any means, are a better option than majoritarian systems in most contexts.

About the Authors

Andrew Reynolds

Andrew Reynolds is the author of The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World (2018).

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John M. Carey

John M. Carey is John Wentworth Professor in the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College.

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