To have your cake and eat it too: accountability under a preferential voting system

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Anna Mikulska


Informed by the findings in the economic voting literature and using an original dataset on Polish elections this research breaks away from this established practice and goes a step further by showing how economic conditions allow voters to distinguish between high/low performers and effectively attribute responsibility under open-list PR systems where voters can choose not only among parties but also among individual candidates. By integrating open-list design into the model of accountability this study transforms the way we think about the very act of voting.


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Mikulska, A. (2014). To have your cake and eat it too: accountability under a preferential voting system. Przegląd Prawniczy Uniwersytetu Im. Adama Mickiewicza, 3, 167-198.


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