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  • After each federal election, the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) conducts an inquiry into the election and considers public submissions. A report, with recommendations for improvement to Australia’s electoral system, is subsequently published. The 1996 JSCEM report recommended that compulsory voting should be repealed. The ALP and Democrat members of the committee...

  • In this modest paper, the author proposes a new way of classifying voting procedures which endeavours to look at both political criteria and social-choice considerations. Rather than focusing solely on the importance of political considerations in choosing a voting procedure, it suggests that a consideration of the logico-mathematical properties of a voting procedure is also important....

  • Drawing on data from 24 democracies around the world, this paper examines whether party system polarisation has positive or negative effects on how people view political systems. By using data from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project, it argues that differentiated electoral supply and individual predispositions interactively shape citizen consent. In concluding that...

  • Rather than associating the single non-transferable vote (SNTV) with the considerable influence of local factions in Taiwanese politics, this study argues that factionalism was rooted in informal institutions which were markedly resistant to electoral reform. Instead of holding that increased electoral mobilization in Taiwan was contingent upon the abolition of SNTV in 2004, it asserts that...

  • In maintaining that elections are a crucial distinguisher of a country’s transition to open, legitimate government, this article reviews three recent books which deal with transitions to democracy and electoral mechanics. After delineating the three differing perspectives on electoral reform proffered by the authors, the study draws together several overarching lessons that can be...

  • After holding the first of three voting stages to elect a new parliament in 2011, the Electoral System in Egypt is currently a salient topic of debate. This paper attempts to address the issue head on by casting a critical eye over current electoral practices in the country. Although there are problems with the nascent electoral system implemented by the SCAF, it is argued that a mixed List PR...

  • Electoral systems are very important element of the governance and their arrangements may very much influence the relationship between expectations and delivery of the electorate and legislature, respectively. Following an overview, section 2 explores what the electoral systems are and why they matter. Section 3 provides an overview of different electoral systems and their...