The Significance of Elections

  • Richard Rose


Elections are among the most ubiquitous of contemporary political institutions, and voting is the only positive political act undertaken by a majority of citizens in Britain or in most other countries in the world today. In Britain, elections are among the oldest of political institutions dating back at least to the beginning of the fifteenth century. Elections are thus older than the office of the Prime Minister or the civil service; they antedate political parties too. In ancient lands such as China, Japan and India they are among the newest of political institutions.


European Economic Community Competitive Election Party Preference Free Election Universal Suffrage 
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© Richard Rose 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Rose
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  1. 1.University of StrathclydeUK

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