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Lijphart: C4 and C5  An Overview of 36 Democracies  Party Systems.

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1 Lijphart: C4 and C5  An Overview of 36 Democracies  Party Systems

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5 Party System Basics  Political Parties  Party Systems  Coalitions/Coalition Potential

6 Counting Parties  Straightforward Counting  Discounting those who do no win seats  Coalition potential  Blackmail potential  Dominant v. Half Parties  Laakso and Taagepera: the effective number of parties index

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8 Counting Parties  Examples of the Effective Number of Parties: here. here

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10 Four Key Elements of the Strict Two-Party System in the US 1.Single-Member-District Plurality Elections 2.Weak and Uncohesive Parties 3.Primary Elections 4.Presidentialism

11 Israel: the 16th Knesset Elections (2003) Source:

12 Israeli Elections 2006

13 Israel: The 17 th Knesset (2006) Source:

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15 Colombian Senate: Effective Number of Electoral (Nv) and Parliamentary Parties (Ns), NvNs

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17 Issue Dimensions 1. Socioeconomic 2. Religious 3. Cultural-Ethnic 4. Urban-rural 5. Regime support 6. Foreign policy 7. Postmaterialist

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