In this book, a leading scholar of comparative politics asks crucial questions about modern democracies. Of the two great visions of democracythe majoritarian and the proportional influencewhich best serves as an instrument of democracy? When and why does each vision succeed or fail? G. Bingham Powell examines over 150 elections in twenty democracies over the past quarter century to arrive at important and sometimes surprising conclusions.
Examines approximately 155 elections in 20 democracies over the past 25 years. Not concerned with explaining who won, Powell (political science, U. of Rochester) attempts to find whether majoritarian or proportional systems give citizens most influence in policy. While the majoritarian exhibits strengths, Powell argues for the proportional. Author index only. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)