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Minority representation in a semi-democratic regime: the Georgian case


Bochsler, Daniel; Zollinger, Daniel (2012). Minority representation in a semi-democratic regime: the Georgian case. Democratisation, 19(4):611-641.

Abstract

This article suggests that in most semi-democracies, the same solution might not be that favourable to minorities. Many semi-democratic countries either restrict party competition or limit parties of ethnic minorities, including: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgistan, Cameron, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, Gabon, Kenya, Mauritania, and Congo (Brazzaville). This article highlights the impact of the electoral system and the importance of political plurality and electoral district design in such contexts. The article argues that the interests of minorities are best protected if they can elect their representatives in small, ethnically homogeneous electoral districts. Plurality or majority voting systems offer minorities the possibility to run with independent candidates. The case study in this article elections to municipal councils in Georgia in 2006 under a mixed electoral system seem to reflect the hypothesized pattern.

This article suggests that in most semi-democracies, the same solution might not be that favourable to minorities. Many semi-democratic countries either restrict party competition or limit parties of ethnic minorities, including: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgistan, Cameron, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, Gabon, Kenya, Mauritania, and Congo (Brazzaville). This article highlights the impact of the electoral system and the importance of political plurality and electoral district design in such contexts. The article argues that the interests of minorities are best protected if they can elect their representatives in small, ethnically homogeneous electoral districts. Plurality or majority voting systems offer minorities the possibility to run with independent candidates. The case study in this article elections to municipal councils in Georgia in 2006 under a mixed electoral system seem to reflect the hypothesized pattern.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:elections, democracy, minorities, semi-democracy, Georgia, plurality
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:12 Sep 2012 14:38
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:57
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1351-0347
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.1080/13510347.2011.605996
Official URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13510347.2011.605996
Related URLs:http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fdem20/19/4 (Publisher)
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-64580

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