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The importance of electoral rule: Evidence from Italy

Massimo Bordignon () and Andrea Monticini

No ief0099, DISCE - Quaderni dell'Istituto di Economia e Finanza from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE)

Abstract: We employ bootstrap methods (Efron (1979)) to test the e ect of an important electoral reform implemented in Italy from 1993 to 2001, that moved the system for electing the Par- liament from purely proportional to plurality rule (for 75% of the seats). We do not nd any e ect on either the number of parties or the stability of governments (the two main objectives of the reform) that remained unchanged at their pre-reform level.

Keywords: Electoral system; Plurality rule; Duverger's law; Bootstrap. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H7 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 8
Date: 2011-01
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