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A comparative study of the effects of electoral institutions on campaigns

Sudulich, Laura; Trumm, Siim


Laura Sudulich

Associate Professor


© Cambridge University Press 2017. A long tradition of studies in political science has unveiled the effects of electoral institutions on party systems and parliamentary representation. Yet their effects on campaign activities remain overlooked. Research in this tradition still lacks a strong comparative element able to explore the nuanced role of electoral institutions in shaping individual-level campaigns during first-order parliamentary elections. This study uses data from a variety of national candidate studies to address this lacuna, and shows that the structure of electoral institutions affects the electoral mobilization efforts put in place by candidates. Candidate-centred electoral systems incentivize more intense and complex mobilization efforts, and shift the campaign focus towards individuals rather than parties. By directly addressing the effects of electoral institutions on campaign behaviour, this study contributes to the wider debate on their role in promoting political engagement and mobilization. These results indicate that electoral institutions affect political competition much more than previously thought.


Sudulich, L., & Trumm, S. (2019). A comparative study of the effects of electoral institutions on campaigns. British Journal of Political Science, 49(1), 381-399.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Oct 19, 2016
Online Publication Date Feb 6, 2017
Publication Date Jan 1, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 24, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 6, 2017
Journal British Journal of Political Science
Print ISSN 0007-1234
Electronic ISSN 1469-2112
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
Issue 1
Pages 381-399
Keywords Campaigns, Electoral Institutions, Voter Mobilisation, Candidate Studies
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