Majoritarian and consensual democracies : The seat product connection

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Taagepera , R & Nemcok , M 2021 , ' Majoritarian and consensual democracies : The seat product connection ' , Party Politics , vol. 27 , no. 3 , 1354068819871441 , pp. 393-406 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068819871441

Title: Majoritarian and consensual democracies : The seat product connection
Author: Taagepera, Rein; Nemcok, Miroslav
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Date: 2021-05-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Party Politics
ISSN: 1354-0688
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068819871441
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332462
Abstract: This study connects two apparently disparate fields of inquiry in a specific quantitative way. In Lijphart's Patterns of Democracy, the majoritarian-consensual "executives-parties" score (L) combines five indices. Four of these largely or entirely derive from factors that Shugart and Taagepera, Votes from Seats, logically deduced from the product of two numbers: the number of seats in an average electoral district (M) and in the first or only chamber of representative assembly (S). Hence L connects to the purely institutional seat product MS (logged) along a simple logistic pattern. It can be predicted from L = 41+35 (MS)-0.56-2, with R-2 = 0.59. Thus, surprisingly, the majoritarian-consensual typology largely stems from the number of seats available.
Subject: connections among connections
consensual democracies
electoral systems
majoritarian democracies
seat product
EFFECTIVE NUMBER
PARTIES
MODEL
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