Embodying democracy : electoral system design in post-Communist Europe /
Sarah Birch ... [et al.].
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2002.
xiii, 241 p.
0333993608 (cloth)
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2002.
0333993608 (cloth)
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Embodying Democracy analyzes the politics of electoral reform in eight postcommunist states including Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, and Ukraine. By exploring the multiple factors that shaped the design of electoral institutions during the first ten years of postcommunist transition, it accounts for an important element of the postcommunist reform process and illuminates general features of institutional design in post-transition states.
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Explaining the Design and Redesign of Electoral Systemsp. 1
Poland: Experimenting with the Electoral Systemp. 25
Hungary: the Politics of Negotiated Designp. 48
The Czech and Slovak Republics: the Surprising Resilience of Proportional Representationp. 67
Romania: Stability without Consensusp. 90
Bulgaria: Engineering Legitimacy through Electoral System Designp. 109
Russia: the Limits of Electoral Engineeringp. 128
Ukraine: the Struggle for Democratic Changep. 143
Conclusion: Embodying Democracyp. 164
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 221
Glossaryp. 234
Indexp. 237
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