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The Study of Comparative Government and Politics (Routledge Library Editions:Political Science Volume 10) by Gunnar Heckscher

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ELECTORAL SYSTEMS AND ELECTIONS

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ACTUALLY, a comparative study of elections involves two different problems, closely connected, but yet clearly distinguishable: the structure and functioning of the electoral system, and the actual forces working in elections as expressing the will and action of the electorate. Comparative studies are difficult, both because a number of value judgments are involved, because it is difficult to weigh contributing factors because of the inter-disciplinary problems involved (particularly problems on the border-line between politics and sociology), and with regard to the delimitation of the problem itself. A functional ...

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