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date: 20 October 2018

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This chapter argues that current categorizations of electoral systems retain some utility but should be re-thought to capture recent advances in scholarship on electoral systems. A rigid categorical division between proportional and plurality systems should be replaced with a more sophisticated understanding of electoral systems on a continuum, and the use of the Seat Product Model. The chapter also develops an agenda of specific terminological usage, which will be employed throughout the Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems and which the authors advocate for field-wide adoption. Finally, the chapter reviews the contributions of the chapters in the volume and places them in perspective.

Keywords: electoral systems, terminology, seat product model, district magnitude, assembly size, allocation formulas

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