Fair representation and the concept of proportionality

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Title: Fair representation and the concept of proportionality
Authors: Baker, John
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2169
Date: Sep-1996
Abstract: The idea of proportionality, which compares votes cast to seats won, is a common test of fair representation. But fair representation is a relation between electoral aims and electoral outcomes. The proportionality test falsely presupposes that each voter aims to support a political party. It therefore tells us nothing about fair representation. We need to construct a deeper criterion of fair representation which takes account of citizens' multiple political concerns.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Political Studies Association and Blackwell Publishing
Copyright (published version): 1996 Political Studies Association and Blackwell Publishing
Keywords: DemocracyElectoral systemsProportional representation
Subject LCSH: Proportional representation
Elections
Democracy
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.1996.tb01752.x
Other versions: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.1996.tb01752.x
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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