Democratic electoral systems around the world, 1946-2000

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This article describes a new data set that covers the electoral institutions used in all of the democratic legislative and presidential elections in 199 countries between 1946 (or independence) and 2000. A clear and consistent classification of the electoral institutions used in these elections is followed by a concise geographical and temporal analysis. The worldwide focus of the data set reveals several striking patterns. For example, there have been almost as many elections under dictatorship as there have been under democracy. Other patterns include the fact that presidential regimes nearly always employ proportional electoral formulas, absolute majority rule has become the worldwide norm for electing presidents, and non-majoritarian systems have become more complex due to the increasing use of multiple tiers and mixed electoral formulas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-121
Number of pages19
JournalElectoral Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Political Science and International Relations


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