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Electoral systems, political career paths and legislative behavior : Evidence from South Korea's mixed-member system

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  • Electoral systems, political career paths and legislative behavior
  • Jun, Hae-Won; Hix, Simon
  • London School of Economics and Political Science


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Title Electoral systems, political career paths and legislative behavior
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Evidence from South Korea's mixed-member system

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Jun, Hae-Won; Hix, Simon

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[London]:London School of Economics and Political Science

Date 2010
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Japanese Journal of Political Science:Vol. 11(No.2)
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Political Systems
Government and Law < Public Administration
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A growing literature looks at how the design of the electoral system shapes the voting behavior of politicians in parliaments. Existing research tends to confirm that in mixed-member systems the politicians elected in the single-member districts are more likely to vote against their parties than the politicians elected on the party lists. However, we find that in South Korea, the members of the Korean National Assembly who were elected on PR lists are more likely to vote against their party leadership than the members elected in single-member districts (SMDs). This counterintuitive behavior stems from the particular structure of candidate selection and politicians’ career paths. (The rest omitted)