PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION, PARLIAMENTS, PUT PRECISELY. Last week's post on the joys of coalition-forming in parliamentary systems received some useful corrections from Fruits and Votes. Head on over there and keep scrolling. There's more on the differing methods of selecting parliaments than I can summarize in a short paragraph, as well as observations on other national elections going on around the world. (It occurs to me, keeping track of the outcomes of national elections elsewhere might -- might -- be a productive way of getting too consumed with the perpetual campaign the U.S. election cycle has become. Younger readers would find The Making of the President -- 1960 instructive -- and look how cheap the paperbacks are. There was a time when the announcements would come early in the presidential election year, just ahead of the New Hampshire primary, the national campaigns for the nominees would officially begin on Labor Day, and with the World Series ending almost immediately after Labor Day, the serious campaigning would begin after the final out. I'm not inventing this history. Read it.)

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