Voter satisfaction and electoral systems: Does preferential voting in candidate-centred systems make a difference?

David M. Farrell*, Ian Mcallister

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    Abstract

    Over the years, many scholars have examined the relationship between electoral systems and measures of voter satisfaction with democracy. The tendency in these studies has been to explore the traditional Proportional Representation/non-Proportional-Representation dichotomy, assessing whether more proportional systems produce higher levels of satisfaction. This article examines another dimension of electoral system variation - namely the degree to which the ballot structure incorporates ordinal, or preferential features. Given that proponents of such systems extol their virtues as offering voters 'greater choice', it is interesting to explore how this actually plays with the voters. The article makes use of cross-national data from the comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) project to examine the relationship between preferential voting and levels of satisfaction with democracy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)723-749
    Number of pages27
    JournalEuropean Journal of Political Research
    Volume45
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006

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