Department of Political Science

Open Voting in Prussia and Denmark, or: The Complexity of Comparison: Some Post-Rokkanian Reflections

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One of the themes which occupied the late Stein rokkan in a number of his writings was the impact of institutional changes on political development, especially on the introduction of full-fledged democracy. In the late fifties Stein Rokkan realized thatthe functions of various institutions, e.g. the safeguarding of the privacy of the electoral act, for political systems could be studied by way of comparison. the paper demonstrates that it is not possible to follow Stein Rokkan's proposal and carry out a systematic comparison of electoral systems and, in particular, of the introduction of the secret vote and its importance for mobilization and partisan choice in Prussia, the German Reich, and Denmark in the relevant period around the turn of the century
Original languageEnglish
JournalHistorical Social Research
Volume35
Pages (from-to)2-18
ISSN0172-6404
Publication statusPublished - 1985

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  • open voting, compartiv studies, Stein Rokkan

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