The Meaning of “Principle of Proportionality”
Rein Taagepera, leading American political scientist, offers a brief outline on the topic of possible variants of PR principle. He mainly uses a method of comparison between majoritarian and proportional principles. He characterizes under what conditions the PR principle acquires some of the features of its counterpart and vice versa. Finally, the author concludes the principle of proportionality is respected if the constituencies offer more than one mandate. Similarly, he also considers the impact of different formulas of which Imperiali rule is seen as the most interesting example.
Principle of proportionally; taagepera; majoritarian principle