Studies in Public Choice

Duverger's Law of Plurality Voting

The Logic of Party Competition in Canada, India, the United Kingdom and the United States

Editors: Grofman, Bernard, Blais, Andre, Bowler, Shaun (Eds.)

  • Provides international coverage of four major examples of plurality voting: U.S., U.K., Canada and India
  • Offers rigorous comparative analysis with emphasis on both theoretical and practical implications
  • Compiled by prolific editors and expert contributors well-known to the academic research communities
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Maurice Duverger is arguably the most distinguished French political scientist of the last century, but his major impact has been largely in the English-speaking world. His book, Political Parties, first translated into English in 1954, has influenced both the party politics literature (which continues to make use of his typology of party organization) and the electoral systems literature. His chief contributions there deal with what have come to be called in his honor Duverger's Law and Duverger's Hypothesis. The first argues that countries with the plurality rule will tend to become two-party systems; the second argues that countries using proportional representation (PR)  will tend to become multi-party systems. Duverger also identifies specific mechanisms that will produce these effects, conventionally referred to as "mechanical effects" and "psychological effects." 

However, while Duverger's Hypothesis concerning the link between PR and multipartism is now widely accepted, the empirical evidence that plurality voting results in two-party systems is remarkably weak—with the U.S. the most notable exception. The chapters in this volume consider national-level evidence about Duverger's law in the world’s largest, longest-lived and most successful democracies of Britain, Canada, India and the United States. One set of chapters involves looking at the overall evidence for and against Duverger's Law in these countries; the other set deals with evidence about the mechanical and psychological effects predicted by Duverger. The result is an incisive analysis of electoral and party dynamics that will appeal to researchers, academics, students, policymakers, and policy watchers around the world.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California, Irvine

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Evidence for Duverger's Law from Four Countries

    Grofman, Bernard (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • The United States: A Case of Duvergerian Equilibrium

    Bowler, Shaun (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Voting Strategically in Canada and Britain

    Blais, André (et al.)

    Pages 13-25

  • Neither Representative nor Accountable: First-Past-the-Post in Britain

    Curtice, John

    Pages 27-45

  • Strategic Voting in the US

    Burden, Barry C. (et al.)

    Pages 47-64

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Duverger's Law of Plurality Voting
Book Subtitle
The Logic of Party Competition in Canada, India, the United Kingdom and the United States
Editors
  • Bernard Grofman
  • Andre Blais
  • Shaun Bowler
Series Title
Studies in Public Choice
Series Volume
13
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-09720-6
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-09720-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-09719-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-1885-7
Series ISSN
0924-4700
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 165
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