Electoral Systems and Political Transformation in Post-Communist Europe

  • Sarah┬áBirch

Part of the One Europe or Several? book series (OES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Electoral Systems in Post-Communist Europe

  3. Electoral Systems and Voters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Sarah Birch
      Pages 55-76
    3. Sarah Birch
      Pages 77-96
  4. Electoral Systems and Parties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Sarah Birch
      Pages 99-118
    3. Sarah Birch
      Pages 119-135
    4. Sarah Birch
      Pages 136-145
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 146-212

About this book


Electoral Systems and Political Transformation in Post-Communist Europe assesses the influence of electoral systems on political change in 20 post-communist European states. The main finding is that electoral institutions have systematic effects on the formation of representative structures. 'Party-enabling' aspects of electoral laws such as list proportional representation tend to foster popular inclusion in politics and institutionalized party systems, whereas 'politician-enabling' rules such as single-member districts and ballots that allow voters to select individuals often favour the development of weakly structured systems and high levels of popular exclusion from the representative process.


communism election Electoral Electoral System Institution participation party system politics proportional representation transformation voter

Authors and affiliations

  • Sarah┬áBirch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUniversity of EssexUK

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