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Electoral Rules and Partisan Control of Government : A Replication Study

  • Does the electoral system affect government partisanship? Iversen and Soskice answer this question in the affirmative. These authors argue that center-right governments dominate in majoritarian systems, whereas proportional representation systems see more center-left governments. They explain this difference by the strategic voting behavior of the middle class under alternative electoral rules. In this study, we test the robustness of their empirical results to alternative measures of the main variables as well as to a completed version of the original data set. Our replication does not corroborate Iversen and Soskice’s empirical findings. First, we cannot substantiate the notion that center-right governments emerge more frequently in majoritarian systems. Second, a time-series cross-section analysis does not support the hypothesis that the electoral system is a significant determinant of partisan control of government.

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Institutes:Fakultät Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Professur für Empirische Politikwissenschaft
Author:Daniel HöhmannORCiD, Tobias Tober
Title of the journal / compilation (English):The journal of politics : JOP
Publishing Institution:University of Chicago Press
Place of publication:Chicago, Ill.
Publisher:Univ. of Chicago Press
Year of publication:2018
Issue:80 (2018), 1
Pages / Size:Seite 342-347
Keywords:Electoral systems; Government; Partisanship; Replication
Document Type:Article in a journal
Peer Review:Ja
Internationale Verbreitung:Ja
Release Date:2018/02/01
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International