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Sorting out mechanical and psychological effects in candidate elections: An appraisal with experimental data

Abstract : Most of the literature about electoral systems is based on Maurice Duverger’s intuitions. Duverger claims that electoral systems have systematic effects (hence the well-known ‘laws’) on the structure of electoral competition. In particular, the plurality rule entails a two-party system whereas a majority run-off leads to multiparty competition. Duverger argues that this can be explained by the conjunction of two effects: a mechanical effect and a psychological effect (...).
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André Blais, Jean-François Laslier, Nicolas Sauger, Karine van der Straeten. Sorting out mechanical and psychological effects in candidate elections: An appraisal with experimental data. British Journal of Political Science, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2013, 43 (4), pp.937 - 944. ⟨10.1017/S0007123412000579⟩. ⟨hal-02186514⟩

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