Ideological diversity, intelligibility and electoral design


The article explores some trade-offs between two democratic goods: intelligibility and ideological diversity that different types of electoral systems – proportional representation and single member plurality – often involve through the way in which they affect the number of significant political parties in a polity. The article reviews practices that can alleviate those trade-offs and provides a sketch of what we can and should want to achieve within the limits of each system from the normative vantage point of deliberative democratic theory.

Leydet, D. (2019). « Ideological diversity, intelligibility and electoral design « , Representation, DOI:10.1080/00344893.2019.1704850

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