The Political Economics of European Parliamentary Democracies

This project addresses such questions as how electoral laws translate election results into seats in national legislatures, how they influence strategic voting amongst the electorate, and how electoral laws and voting behavior affect the party system. It studies the relations between election results, government formation processes and policy outcomes, and examines how legislative organization and cabinet government affect institutions' powers. The project involves the organization of a year-long seminar series during the 2000-01 academic year and a one-day conference in June 2001.