Electoral coordination in mixed-member systems: Does the level of democratic experience matter?
Article first published online: 7 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Author(s). European Journal of Political Research © 2012 European Consortium for Political Research
European Journal of Political Research
Volume 52, Issue 1, pages 119–141, January 2013
How to Cite
RIERA, P. (2013), Electoral coordination in mixed-member systems: Does the level of democratic experience matter?. European Journal of Political Research, 52: 119–141. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6765.2012.02064.x
- Issue published online: 2 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 JUN 2012
- electoral coordination;
- party system fragmentation;
- mixed-member rules;
- democratic experience;
- hierarchical models
A number of institutional and non-institutional factors hamper electoral coordination and, hence, increase party system fragmentation in the nominal tier of mixed electoral systems. Contrary to expectations, the number of electoral parties is not lower in all old democracies. Nevertheless, the level of democratic experience modifies the effect of other variables like the type of mixed electoral system or the closeness of the races. Econometric tests evaluate this phenomenon in a diverse sample of 15 countries and a total of 57 elections with more than 10,000 observations at the district level.