Electoral System Design: The New International IDEA Handbook

About this Standards & Guidance

Sources of guidance

  • Inter-Government

Guidance Type

  • Detailed guidance

Date Added

  • 15th October 2013

This Handbook from 2005, published by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), builds on and updates the IDEA Handbook of Electoral System Design from 1997. The Handbook is created for policy-makers, politicians and election administrators, and gives practical information explaining why certain countries choose different systems, and how other countries have modified inherited systems. It describes which electoral systems have proven advantageous for specific cultural, social and economic conditions, and how electoral systems can increase participation, reach-out to minorities and help instil faith in a sceptical electorate.