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Do People Want a ‘Fairer’ Electoral System? An Experimental Study in Four Countries
Department of Government, University of Vienna.
Department of Political Science, University of Montréal.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6284-2591
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Political Research, ISSN 0304-4130, E-ISSN 1475-6765, article id EJPR12372Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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When judging how ‘fair’ voting rules are, a fundamental criterion used by both scholars and politicians is their ability or inability to produce proportional results, that is, the extent parties’ seat distribution after the elections accurately reflects their vote shares. How about citizens? Do citizens care about how proportional the outcome is? Or do they judge the outcome solely on the basis of how well (or poorly) their party performed? Taking advantage of a uniquely designed survey experiment, this paper investigates the causal effect of proportionality on voter support for voting rules in four countries, namely Austria, England, Ireland and Sweden. The results show that proportionality drives support for the voting rules not above but beyond party performance. There is little cross‐country variation, which suggests that proportionality is appreciated in different contexts with little status quo bias. These findings have important implications for our understanding of the causal mechanisms linking electoral rules to voter support.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2019. article id EJPR12372
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electoral rules, voter satisfaction, proportionality, voting experiment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38169DOI: 10.1111/1475-6765.12372ISI: 000508592300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85078658570OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-38169DiVA, id: diva2:1381914
Available from: 2019-12-30 Created: 2019-12-30 Last updated: 2020-02-21Bibliographically approved

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