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Elections and Voters

First edition

by Cees van der Eijk and Mark Franklin

Review questions for Chapter 8

  • Why do some commentators consider it important that governments provide policies that satisfy the median voter? (p. 214-215)
  • What are the differences between majoritarian and proportional vision democracies in the extent to which governments, policy makers and legislatures represent the policy preferences of the median voter? (p. 215-217)
  • Some think that the adequacy of policy representation should be assessed according to how well policies satisfy the median voter. What criticism to we level at this idea? (p. 217-218)
  • Discuss in your own words the question ‘do elections matter’? (p. 220-221)
  • What criteria can be used to assess the quality of the electoral process? Discuss their relevance and the institutional conditions fostering or endangering the realization of each of these criteria. (p. 223-232)
  • Why can democracy function well even if the electoral process does not perform very well as an instrument of democracy? (p. 232-234)
  • What can comparative research on elections and voters contribute to institutional engineering? Use historical or hypothetical illustrations. (p. 234-238)