Debating Electoral Systems: Getting Elections Wrong

Issue Date January 2012
Volume 23
Issue 1
Page Numbers 164-68
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In their response to Timothy Meisburger’s essay, Andrew Reynolds and John M. Carey argue that the weight of the evidence—from nations actually going through democratic change, as well as from the scholarly literature that tries to understand such change—points to the conclusion that proportional systems, while not solving the all the problems by any means, are a better option than majoritarian systems in most contexts.