Elections are universal methods of political choice and decision-making. This book offers original essays on key topics for every student of the subject.
Focusing particularly on Britain and the United States, the contributions examine the behaviour of voters, the elite and the electorate, the changing impact of the mass media, pacts, proportional representation, election systems and rules, and the policy consequences of elections.
The contributors represent a wide range of expertise and experience from both sides of the Atlantic. Together they offer a tribute to David Butler, the distinguished student of voting behaviour and election campaigning.
`the essays focus largely but not entirely on British elections. More strikingly uniform is the high quality of the several chapters ... a thoughtful placement of Butler's work in the British empirical tradition ... Such treatment, is consistent with insightful understanding vividly expressed'
British Politics Group Newsletter
`contains a wonderful summary by Dennis Kavanagh of Butler's academic contributions, and several perceptive chapters by collaborators and former students dissecting topics in British politics'
`The preponderance of this book focuses on electoral arrangements. These essays enhance one's understanding of this critical issue ... The anthology's strength lies in the broad range of important election issues it addresses and the scholars addressing them ... There are few edited works that endure the test of time, but Electoral Politics will be such a book because it embraces the fundamental questions of elections. The book is written for the
scholarly community, yet due to the range of work, others who are interested in elections will find it, or parts of it, excellent reading.'
Perspectives on Political Science