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Electoral system reform: a short guide to critical thinkers

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Eva Anduiza (UAB), Laia Balcells (CSIC), José Fernández-Albertos (CSIC), Joan Font (CSIC), Carolina Galais (UAB), Aina Gallego (Stanford) y Jordi Muñoz (UAB)

A group of political scientists who work in electoral systems from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) have prepared a short text aiming at explaining some critical questions regarding the debate on the electoral system reform.

Eva Anduiza (UAB), Laia Balcells (CSIC), José Fernández-Albertos (CSIC), Joan Font (CSIC), Carolina Galais (UAB), Aina Gallego (Stanford) y Jordi Muñoz (UAB).

 

A group of political scientists who work in electoral systems from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) have prepared a short text aiming at explaining some critical questions regarding the debate on the electoral system reform.

 

The field of electoral systems is one of the few in Political Science that permits to anticipate, with some certitude, the consequences of institutional reform. It is advisable to know these consequences, so that we can understand the trade offs involved in any electoral system reform. It is also good to understand that electoral system reform will not solve all the problems of democracy.

 

The text debates the pros and cons of different options, paying special attention to the proposals that the protest movement that started on May 15 has raised for consideration: the change of district magnitude, open lists, substitution of the d’Hondt formula. It also includes a brief discussion on some aspects of direct democracy institutions. We hope that this guide will contribute to an informed debate around electoral reform issues and we are open to participate in it.

 

The document can be downloaded from: https://sites.google.com/site/reformasistemaelectoral/