Book Launch: Wrestling with Democracy by Dennis Pilon

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 23:30 to Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 01:30

University of Toronto Press Publishing presents the Toronto release for Dennis Pilon's latest book 'Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the 20th Century West'.

Though sharing broadly similar processes of economic and political development from the mid-to-late nineteenth century onward, western countries have diverged greatly in their choice of voting systems: most of Europe shifted to proportional voting around the First World War, while Anglo-American countries have stuck with relative majority or majority voting rules. Using a comparative historical approach, Wrestling with Democracy examines why voting systems have (or have not) changed in western industrialized countries over the past century.

In this first single-volume study of voting system reform covering all western industrialized countries, Dennis Pilon reviews national efforts in this area over four timespans: the nineteenth century, the period around the First World War, the Cold War, and the 1990s. Pilon provocatively argues that voting system reform has been a part of larger struggles over defining democracy itself, highlighting previously overlooked episodes of reform and challenging widely held assumptions about institutional change.

Introductory comments will be made by Leo Panitch and will follow wtih a brief address from Dennis Pilon about some of the themes within the books, and the University of Toronto Press will be on hand with copies of the book for sale.

For additional information on the book launch, please visit the Wrestling with Democracy website.

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