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How Did They Become Voters?

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Edited by: Raffaele Romanelli

ISBN13: 9789041110121
ISBN: 9041110127
Published: September 1998
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £145.00



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This work contains the updated papers presented at the Conference ""How Did They Become Voters? The History of Franchise in Modern European Representational Systems"", which was organized under the auspices of the European University Institute and held on 20-22 April, 1995 in Florence. It examines the basic mechanisms regulating electoral processes in many countries, both in Europe and the rest of the world, in the 19th and 20th centuries.;In the introductory chapter, Raffaele Romanelli sets out the framework for a comparative analysis of the interaction between representative processes and social structures. He demonstrates that the electoral norms which were adopted in many countries all respond to the concept of political representation which existed at the beginning of the 19th century in Europe. Political representation was aimed at overcoming and concealing the divisions in society and promoting a country's unification.;The book compares various models of representation and concludes that these cannot be put in a hierarchical order ranging from restricted elitist representation to universal and equal suffrage of modern democracy. Rather, a framework is provided which not only clarifies the history of suffrage, but also reflects upon the many contradictions and crises suffered by representative democracy in current times.

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Contents:
Electoral Systems and Social Structures. A Comparative Perspective; R. Romanelli. La nationalisation de la citoyennete civique en France a la fin du XIXe siecle; M. Offerle. Rituel et symbolisme electoraux. Reflexions sur l'experience francaise; Y. Deloye. Les fraudes electorales. Problemes de definition juridique et politique; L. Ihl. Le probleme de la manipulation des elections en Italie; M.S. Piretti. Social and Territorial Representation in Spanish Electoral Systems: 1809-1874; C. Darde, M. Estrada. Vote et decalage de la citoyennete dans les pays andins et meso-americains; A. Annino. Les listes electorales et le processus de nationalisation de la citoyennete au Bresil (1822-1945); L. Bicalho Canedo. Electors and Electoral Districts in Spain, 1874-1936; A. Garrido. Electoral Proceedings in Salazarist Portugal (1926-1974): Formalism and Fraud; M. Loff. Between Korperschaften and Census: Political Representation in the German Vormarz; C. Paolucci. From Corporate to Individual Representation: the Electoral Systems of Austria, 1861,endash 1918; B. Bader-Zaar. How Did They Become Voters: Sweden after 1866; L.I. Andersson. Accommodation and Conflict. Traditional Politics, Religion and Social Relationships in the Dutch Electoral Process; J. Talsma. The Construction and Deconstruction of the U.S. Electorate in the Age of Manhood Suffrage, 1830s-1920s; A. Testi. The Electorate and the Electoral System in Scotland, c1800-c1950; I.G.C. Hutchison. La valeur du vote: les particularites du systeme britannique, 1918-1948; D. Lancien.