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By Richard S. Katz

Political events and elections are the mainsprings of contemporary democracy. during this vintage quantity, Richard S. Katz explores the matter of ways a given electoral process impacts the function of political events and how during which social gathering participants are elected. He develops and assessments a concept of the variations within the harmony, ideological habit, and factor orientation of Western parliamentary events at the foundation of the electoral structures below which they compete. a customary within the box of political idea and concept, The conception of events and the Electoral System contributes to a greater figuring out of parliamentary occasion buildings and demonstrates the huge software of the rationalistic method for explaining habit derived from the self-interest of political actors.

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Finally, the pattern of cohesion or disunity exhibited by a party in parliament may be predicted from district magnitude, the possibility of intraparty choice, and the distribution of resources in the country: 9. Where there is an intraparty choice, a significant proportion of the parliamentary turnover will result from intraparty competition rather than interparty competition, 10. To the extent that intraparty competition determines a candidate's electoral fortunes, candidates will tend to maintain separate campaign organizations.

For many reasons that will be discussed at length in succeeding chapters, the real coincidence of rational campaign strategy and party organization will be less than perfect. One such reason that already has been alluded to is the possible muddling effects of electoral formula and district magnitude. Politicians competing in large district plurality systems or in small district PR systems will be pulled one way by one factor and the other way by the other. Nonetheless, in concluding this chapter, the principal empirical hypotheses stemming from the analysis may be stated briefly, On the basis of the argument regarding electoral formula, it was suggested that: 1.

The nature and costs of intensive analysis necessarily limit consideration to a small number of cases. While the fit of a variety of data to the predictions of a theory is important in building confidence, so too is the fit of data from a variety of cases taken from the theory's presumed domain. Although fewer, and more general, hypotheses can be tested extensively, the overall validity of the ultimate predictions of a general theory is as important as its detailed fit to a few cases in arguing for its utility.

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