Defining Democracy

Voting Procedures in Decision-Making, Elections and Governance

  • Peter Emerson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Decision-Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Emerson
      Pages 3-24
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      Pages 25-47
  3. Elections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Peter Emerson
      Pages 51-74
    3. Peter Emerson
      Pages 75-97
  4. The Art of Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
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      Pages 101-119
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      Pages 121-135
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      Pages 137-142
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      Pages 143-150
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      Pages 151-153
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      Pages 155-161
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      Pages 163-165
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 167-192

About this book


Defining Democracy looks both at the theory of why and the history of how different voting procedures have come to be used – or not, as the case may be – in the three fields of democratic structures: firstly, in decision-making, both in society at large and in the elected chamber; secondly, in elections to and within those chambers; and thirdly, in the various forms of governance, from no-party to multi-party and all-party, which have emerged as a result.


Borda Consensus Mediation Pluralism Power-sharing

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Emerson
    • 1
  1. 1.The de Borda InstituteBelfastUnited Kingdom

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