Elections in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan under the Single Non-Transferable Vote

The Comparative Study of an Embedded Institution
Bernard Grofman, Sung-Chull Lee, Edwin A. Winckler, and Brian Woodall, Editors
Considers how electoral rules affect election results and argues that the impact of the same electoral systems is different from one culture to another


In recent years there has been a marked resurgence of interest in the effects of electoral laws on important aspects of politics such as party competition. In this volume, a distinguished group of scholars looks at the impact of one set of electoral rules—the single non-transferable vote—on electoral competition in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Under this plan citizens are allowed one vote even though there is more than one seat to be filled. In comparative studies of the adoption and rejection of the single nontransferable vote and the consequences of its use across different settings, the contributors explore the differences in the operation and effects of the application of the same rule in different countries. Arguing that any single feature of a political system is embedded in a political structure and cannot be understood in isolation, the authors demonstrate how the same rule can have different consequences depending on the context in which it operates. The contributors offer fresh insights into the comparative study of political institutions as well as into the operation of particular electoral rules.

In addition to the editors, the contributors include Kathleen Bawn, John Boland, Jean-Marie Bouissou, Gary Cox, John Fu-Sheng Hsieh, Arend Lijphart, Emerson Niou, Steven R. Reed, and Frances Rosenbluth, among others.

Bernard Grofman is Professor of Political Science, University of California at Irvine.

Edwin A. Winckler is at the East Asian Institute, Columbia University.

Brian Woodall is Assistant Professor in the School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Sung-Chull Lee is Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California at Irvine.

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  • 1999
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