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Elections
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Elections

Australia was the first nation to invent itself through the ballot box and has become a country renowned for democratic innovations, from the secret ballot to adult suffrage and Saturday elections. Many of these reforms are now benchmarks of democracy. Yet the equity of Australia's electoral process continues to be challenged. Does Australia have full, free and fair elections? The authors of this informative, entertaining volume tell of political forces and personalities which have shaped Australia's electoral system. They describe how Australia became a pacesetter, why it experimented so much and whether the experiments have worked. They go on to consider what could and should be done, and ...

Elections
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

Elections

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011-11-01
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  • Publisher: UBC Press

Open and competitive elections governed by widely accepted rules and procedures are essential to the legitimacy of any political system. Elections assesses the history and development of five building blocks of the Canadian electoral regime: the franchise, electoral districts, voter registration, election machinery, and plurality voting. Arguing that on balance the Canadian electoral system is truly democratic, John Courtney demonstrates its vast improvements over the years. The right to vote is now generously interpreted. The process of redrawing electoral districts is no longer in the hands of elected officials. Voter registration lists include all but a small share of eligible voters. And those who manage and supervise elections on behalf of all citizens are honest and trustworthy officials. Using the recent push for reform of the plurality vote system as one example, Courtney also examines why certain electoral institutions have been amenable to change and others have not.

Reports of Contested Elections
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 282

Reports of Contested Elections

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1834
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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British Elections and Parties Yearbook
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 229

British Elections and Parties Yearbook

This volume looks at the political events and discusses the major issues of 1994, most notably the European parliament elections.

Presidential Elections
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 337

Presidential Elections

Brimming with data and examples from the historic 2008 election, and laced with previews of 2012, the thirteenth edition of this classic text offers a complete overview of the presidential election process from the earliest straw polls and fundraisers to final voter turnout and exit interviews. The comprehensive coverage includes campaign strategy, the sequence of electoral events, and the issues, all from the perspective of the various actors in the election process: voters, interest groups, political parties, the media, and the candidates themselves.

Women, Elections, & Representation
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 276

Women, Elections, & Representation

The first women representatives in the United States were elected in 1894 when Colorado votes sent three women to the state legislature. Now, a century later, women almost everywhere are the majority of voters but a distinct minority of elected officials. This discrepancy is a puzzle for those who thought democratic institutions would incorporate newly enfranchised women, and a problem for those working to expand democratic representation. Darcy, Welch, and Clark examine women candidates and candidacies in the United States and several other democratic nations. Their careful analysis reveals that male voters and political elites are not the barriers to women's election that common wisdom sug...

Elections and Electioneering in Rome
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 251

Elections and Electioneering in Rome

Study on the teachings of Om̐kāra Bābā, Hindu and sufi saint, from Koraput District in Orissa.

Democracy and Elections
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 344

Democracy and Elections

Providing empirical information on more electoral institutions in more countries than has ever been available in one volume before, this impressive study addresses the relationship between four values of democratic theory--popular sovereignty, liberalism, personal development, and community--and the electoral institutions used to implement them.

Parties and Elections in Greece
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 268

Parties and Elections in Greece

Although Greece acquired the formal institutions of liberal constitutional democracy early in her independent history, her politics have been characterized by clientelism, instability and frequent military intervention. The most blatant instance of 'praetorianism' was the military dictatorship of 1967-74. Yet in the years since the Colonels' downfall, the political system appears to have acquired a new legitimacy. Although many features of the 'old' politics remain, recent years have seen the collapse of the traditional centre and the emergence of new political formations, reflecting the rapid pace of post-war socio-economic change. And 1981 saw the election by a convincing majority of a socialist government, the first ever in Greece, committed to radical domestic transformation and to a major reorientation of external relations.

Senate Elections
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 262

Senate Elections

First thorough study of modern elections to the U.S. Senate