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Electoral System Design: The New International IDEA Handbook (International IDEA Handbooks series) [Paperback]

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The New International IDEA Handbook of Electoral System Design is one of the most comprehensive books published on electoral system. The Handbook describes the different election systems in a clear and concise manner and goes further in listing the factors to consider when modifying or designing an electoral system.

In order to provide options and comparative lessons from around the world, the Handbook includes:
* A precise and simple to understand explanation of the electoral systems in use in more than 200 independent states and related territories.
* An explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of using different electoral systems.
* Case studies, written by regional experts, explaining how and why electoral systems were adopted and modified in Brazil, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Mexico, New Zealand, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand, plus case studies of the British Columbia Citizens' Assembly on the Electoral System and of the European Parliament
* An analysis of measures that can be taken to promote the representation of women and minorities.
* A colour-coded map showing which systems are being used where in the world.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: International Idea
Pages   223
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.04 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 28, 2005
Publisher   International Idea
ISBN  9185391182  
ISBN13  9789185391189  

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Good summary of the subject, both theoretical and practical  Dec 6, 2006
The only reason that this book did not get five stars from me is that I would have liked a little more detail on how the various systems work. It could well, for that reason, be supplemented with additional material from another source.

However, in general I thought this book to be a well-done summary of the various systems used in conducting (mainly legislative) elections in the many countries of the world. Both a more theoretical approach, describing the systems and their advantages and disadvantages, and a more practically oriented approach, with descriptions of how the systems have affected the political organization of various countries, are found here, with the case studies interleaved throughout the book.

There is no reference to the case studies in the table of contents, which I think is a negative, and at least one figure is wrongly captioned, on page 75. (The caption describes the ballot pictured as in an election by STV for the Australian Senate, while it is clearly for the Australian House of Representatives, chosen by the alternative vote!)

Basically, I would recommend this book for people interested in electoral mechanisms and how they affect politics. There are better books to be found, but at the price this is among the best.
Indispensable Handbook for Electoral Politics  Dec 22, 2005
Handsomely produced on slick paper, this volume is a bargin--really 3 books in 1. First, it is exhaustive overview of the major types of electoral systems in use today, outlining their respective advantages and disadvantages. Secondly, it is an almanac of the electoral systems of the world's democracies (including a fold-out map, examples of different types of ballots from around the world, a glossary, a bibliography and an index). Lastly, it's a compilation of case studies of various countries that have recently implemented or changed their political system.
The committee of authors does a commendable job of steering a neutral course between the competing types of electoral systems, while stressing that some systems work better than others depending on the relevant circumstances and objectives. This book would be invaluable to anyone seeking to understand or consider changing their country's electoral system.

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