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Majoritarian and consensual democracies : The seat product connection

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TAAGEPERA Rein NEMČOK Miroslav

Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Party Politics
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Fakulta sociálních studií

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www https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068819871441
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354068819871441
Klíčová slova connections among connections; consensual democracies; electoral systems; majoritarian democracies; seat product
Popis This study connects two apparently disparate fields of inquiry in a specific quantitative way. In Lijphart’s Patterns of Democracy, the majoritarian–consensual “executives–parties” score (L) combines five indices. Four of these largely or entirely derive from factors that Shugart and Taagepera, Votes from Seats, logically deduced from the product of two numbers: the number of seats in an average electoral district (M) and in the first or only chamber of representative assembly (S). Hence L connects to the purely institutional seat product MS (logged) along a simple logistic pattern. It can be predicted from L=4/[1+35(MS)^-0.56]-2, with R 2 = 0.59. Thus, surprisingly, the majoritarian–consensual typology largely stems from the number of seats available.
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