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Parchment in the Fire: Rich people rule!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/04/08/rich-people-rule/

Filed under: Class, Democracy, Political Science, The State

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Parchment in the Fire: Norwegian voting patterns are a warning to leftwing parties elsewhere

Henning Finseraas and Kåre Vernby

Low levels of citizen participation in politics have long been seen as a serious democratic problem, and a possible relationship between turnout and election outcomes is a prominent topic of discussion in political science. The most frequent claim is that left-of-centre parties benefit from higher . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Norwegian voting patterns are a warning to leftwing parties elsewhere

Parchment in the Fire: Wrestling with Democracy

Wrestling with Democracy is an ambitious, historical examination of the changes in voting systems across a large number of Western liberal democracies over the course of the twentieth century that argues that ‘most major voting system reforms in the twentieth-century west have been intimately linked to larger social struggles over the parameters of democracy itself, . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Wrestling with Democracy

bastard.logic: Has Centralization of Power to the PMO Put Canadian Democracy on Life Support?

Don Lenihan has a must-read column up today, on how centralization of power to the Prime Minister’s office over the past several decades has atrophied the connection Canadians — especially youth — had with our government, and what he believes this could mean for Canada’s system of democracy:

In the early 1970s, the Trudeau government . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Has Centralization of Power to the PMO Put Canadian Democracy on Life Support?

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Sick parade #nlpoli

When you are home with a cold, there’s not much to do besides doze and read.

And when you are a political nerd at home with a cold, what better prezzie could there be than the papers presented at the Midwest Political Science Association?   Not much, is the answer, except the Monkey Cage, which offered . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Sick parade #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cost per vote: by-elections #nlpoli

One measure of campaign efficiency and effectiveness is comparing the amount a campaign spends for the number of votes it receives.

It’s called cost-per-vote.

Here’s a comparison of the cost per vote for each of the three political parties in a string of by-elections over the past three years.  From left to right, they are:

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