Ideological diversity, intelligibility and electoral design

Abstract

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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