Getting Majoritarianism Right


In a response to Carey and Reynold’s “Comparing the Arab Revolts: The Impact of Election Systems,” Timothy Meisburger argues that in the special case of developing or emerging democracies, PR may not be the most appropriate election system, and that majoritarian or plurality systems may do a better job of ensuring effective representation and promoting democratization. He asserts that while PR may be a good choice for the mature democracies of northern Europe which already have such key prerequisites as parties with clear ideological profiles, well-defined platforms, and democratic internal-governance rules, emerging democracies might be better off with a system that is more likely to aid the development of democratic attitudes and the emergence of fully democratic parties and states.