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Ideological Representation


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1. Elections and ideological congruence in parliamentary democracies; 2. The (rocky) paths to government congruence: three stages; 3. Party systems as contexts; 4. Incongruence at stage I: starting out on or off the path to ideological congruence; 5. Congruence failures at stage II: votes into seats - disproportionality and the distance of the median legislative party; 6. Forming governments: stage III failure - distance of the governments; 7. A special analysis problem at stage III: minority governments; 8. The costs of ideological congruence: achieving and achieved; 9. Representation in parliamentary democracies: when does congruence go astray?

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Traces, explains and evaluates processes of democratic ideological representation from voter choices, through election laws, to the formation of parliamentary governments.

About the Author

G. Bingham Powell, Jr is the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester, New York. He served as President of the American Political Science Association from 2011 to 2012 and as Managing Editor of the American Political Science Review from 1991 to 1995. He is the co-author and co-editor of the leading undergraduate comparative politics text, Comparative Politics Today (2014).

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