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International encyclopedia of elections
Rose, Richard, 1933-
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2000]

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xxii, 392 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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JF1001 .I57 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The International Encyclopedia of Elections is the first and only definitive work to survey elections in independent nations and describe the varied systems and processes in clear language understandable to any interested reader. The encyclopedia will be most useful to undergraduate and graduate students, journalists, political activists, and scholars seeking information outside their specialties or their own countries.

Written in clear, concise language by 70 international scholars in the field, the volume contains more than 150 articles (from Absentee Voting to Women: Enfranchisement) ranging in length from a few hundred to several thousand words. The encyclopedia covers each of the more than 170 countries that have held direct elections or national referendums in this decade.

The International Encyclopedia of Elections also features:
-- Definitions of terms
-- Explanations of relevance in the electoral process
-- Important geographical and historical examples
-- Problems and solutions in,different areas of election analysis.

The alphabetical presentation of entries, plus a detailed index of the full contents, points readers quickly to the information they need.

Detailed Appendix Makes Comparisons Easy

The International Encyclopedia of Elections includes a detailed appendix that gives the chief features of electoral systems in nations throughout the world. The tabular presentation allows quick answers to such questions as voting age, compulsory voting or not, ballot form, number of elected seats, and type of contest (proportional, representative, or winner take all).

The International Encyclopedia of Elections will be used by students and scholars for years tocome as more nations turn to democratic elections.

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Choice Review

Authors from 11 countries have written articles, alphabetically arranged and ranging in length from half a page to nine pages, on all aspects of international elections. They emphasize current events, but references to past events lay a firm foundation. Entries define key words, describe the significance of the topics, and provide examples. Bibliographies of related books and articles indicate fuller treatment. Entries are screened by a board of distinguished academics to ensure accuracy and comprehensiveness. Clear, authoritative, and scholarly, the articles are sometimes esoteric: cube law, apparentement, unfree elections, rotten boroughs, Quaker decision making without voting. Others are more accessible to undergraduates: absentee voting, bandwagon effects, poll tax, enfranchisement of women. For unfamiliar terms, an alphabetical list of articles is helpful. The appendix offers tables of electoral systems in various countries. The only other international guide to elections, Richard M. Pious's Governments of the World: A Student Companion (CH, Oct'98), covers countries and people in more detail, but is geared to high school students and undergraduates. University libraries serving both graduate and undergraduate students will want both books. ; California State University, Sacramento