Where have all the parties gone? Fraenkel and Grofman on the alternative vote - Yet again

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The alternative vote (AV) is a preferential electoral system that tends to reward political moderation and compromise. Fraenkel and Grofman (2004, 2006a, 2006b) have repeatedly attempted to show that AV is not conducive to interethnic moderation in severely divided societies. In this response to their latest attempt, I point out that neither political party coordination of the vote nor strategic voting plays any part in their analysis. In contrast, I explain how moderate parties of one ethnic group are able to induce their supporters to cast ballots for moderate parties supported by voters of another ethnic group. I also explain why the incentives for parties to arrange interethnic vote transfers are much greater under AV than they are under systems such as the single transferable vote, which is in use in Northern Ireland, and I show that Fraenkel and Grofman"s interpretations of AV's operation in Australia, Fiji, Sri Lanka, and Papua-New Guinea are contrary to the evidence. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Horowitz, DL

Published Date

  • October 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 133 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 13 - 23

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0048-5829

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11127-006-9127-8

Citation Source

  • Scopus