Monday, 8 April 2013

Wrestling with Democracy - the book

Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the Twentieth Century West covers every instance of voting system reform, both successful and failed, at the national level in western industrialized countries over the past century.  Organized into four thematic periods - pre-WWI, post-WWI, the Cold War, and the neoliberal era - the book makes the case that attempts to change electoral rules were often conditioned initially by larger social struggles for and against democracy and later by struggles to shape just what democracy might do and for whom.  Key factors involved the rise of mass parties of the left, the rise and fall of class consciousness, and the impact of unpredictable historical events.  The book can be ordered from the University of Toronto Press here:

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