Electoral systems and the spatial distribution of political power

Mardešić, Ivor (2016) Electoral systems and the spatial distribution of political power. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Geography.

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Abstract

Political power originates from the population but it is geospatialy grounded in the area where population lives. These areas are divided into two basic forms; rural and urban space and political power is distributed amongst those spaces. Electoral geography researches the geographical aspects of the organisation, implementation and results of democratic elections. The electoral geographic outer object of interest are elections themselves while the inner object of interest is the relation and interaction of elections and spatial reality. Using geographic methodology we are able to expand scientific understanding of this subject and, by doing so, contribute to universal interests by structuring and explaining the relation between the socio-political system and the space-time continuum. Through the modification of electoral systems we are able to change the spatial distribution of political power and by doing so, influence public policy and perception about either rural or urban spaces. Therefore, electoral systems are considered one of the tools for pursuing public policies (e.g. demographic, economic, ecologic, homeland security etc.). Unfortunately, not all electoral systems contain the potential to influence public policy due to the inability to adequately alter the spatial distribution of political power through modifying the electoralgeographic regionalization or the statistical methodology of the electoral system. The single-seat electorate system represents the greatest potential due to its spatial determination and should be considered as a potential alternative to the unbalanced electoral system in use in Croatia...

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Keywords: electoral geography, elections, democracy, political power, electorates, urban space, rural space
Supervisor: Šterc, Stjepan
Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 25
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Geography
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
Depositing User: dipl. bib. Ljljana Bajs
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 10:44
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 10:44
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/5056

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