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Comparative Election Law

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Comparative Election Law

9781788119016 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by James A. Gardner, Bridget and Thomas Black SUNY Distinguished Professor, School of Law, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, US
Publication Date: April 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78811 901 6 Extent: c 528 pp
This timely research handbook offers a systematic and comprehensive examination of the election laws of democratic nations. Through a study of a range of different regimes of election law, it illuminates the disparate choices that societies have made concerning the benefits they wish their democratic institutions to provide, the means by which such benefits are to be delivered, and the underlying values, commitments, and conceptions of democratic self-rule that inform these choices.

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This timely research handbook offers a systematic and comprehensive examination of the election laws of democratic nations. Through a study of a range of different regimes of election law, it illuminates the disparate choices that societies have made concerning the benefits they wish their democratic institutions to provide, the means by which such benefits are to be delivered, and the underlying values, commitments, and conceptions of democratic self-rule that inform these choices.

Comparative Election Law features a wide scope of coverage, from distribution of the franchise, to candidate qualifications, to campaign speech and finance, to election administration, and more. Contributions from a range of expert scholars in the field are brought together to tackle difficult problems surrounding the definition of the democratic demos, as well as to lay bare important disjunctions between democratic ideals and feasible democratic regimes in practice. Furthermore, a comparative approach is also taken to examine democratic regimes at a theoretical as well as a descriptive level.

Featuring key research in a vitally important area, this research handbook will be crucial reading for academics and students in a range of fields including comparative law, legal theory, political science, political theory and democracy. It will also be useful to politicians and government officials engaged in election regulation, due to its excellent perspective on the range of regulatory options and how to evaluate them.
Critical Acclaim
‘This is a fabulous book by one of the leading thinkers of law and democracy. It fills a tremendous hole in the literature by emphasizing the importance of a comparative approach to helping us think anew about both old and new problems in law and democracy.’
– Guy-Uriel Emmanuel Charles, Harvard Law School, US

‘This rich edited volume belongs on the bookshelf of any serious student of election law anywhere in the world. The quality of the contributors and the depth of analysis is unparalleled, bringing together some of the most thoughtful scholars considering essential questions on the nature of democracy, election rules, and popular will. A must read!’
– Richard L. Hasen, University of California Irvine, US
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Contributors include: Nicholas Aroney, Lauren Causer, Yasmin Dawood, Rosalind Dixon, Jacob Eisler, Chad Flanders, Anna Gamper, James A. Gardner, Roberto Gargarella, Anika Gauja, Andrew Geddis, Hoi L. Kong, Timothy K. Kuhner, David Landau, Ron Levy, Makau Mutua, Ian O’Flynn, Graeme Orr, Michael Pal, Patricia Popelier, Eduardo Posada-Carbó, Jacob Rowbottom, Marc Sanjaume-Calvet, Nicholas Stephanopolous, Joo-Cheong Tham, Dennis F. Thompson, Dan Tokaji
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