Counterhoneymoon effect: Colombian legislative elections re-sorting the presidential field

In presidential systems, the rare “counterhoneymoon” electoral cycle–legislative elections shortly before presidential–can have the effect of revealing the strengths of various parties and their prospective presidential candidates before the final phase of the presidential campaign itself. I have long thought that a counterhoneymoon cycle was normatively desirable, especially for multiparty systems, and have been surprised […]

Indonesia 2019

Indonesia’s general elections are on 17 April. For the first time, these will be concurrent–president and assembly on the same date. Previously, since the country’s 1990s democratization, assembly elections had been held in the counterhoneymoon, i.e., several months before the presidential election. Indonesia has a wonderful election mascot. We need more of these in the […]

Colombia 2018: Counter-honeymoon elections and presidential primaries

Colombians have voted today in elections for the two chambers of the congress and in (optional) presidential primaries. I believe Colombia is the only country to hold assembly and presidential-primary elections on the same day. Notably, these are the first elections in which the political party formed by the former guerrilla movement, FARC, is participating. […]

Indonesia’s presidential election: Divided government?

Indonesia’s presidential election was earlier today–or yesterday, depending on where in the world you are. Both candidates are claiming victory, but contacts I have who follow Indonesia tend to put more credibility in the claims of Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Legislative elections were held in April, under Indonesia’s “counterhoneymoon” cycle. In those elections, the […]

April 2014: lots of elections

April is a good month for election-watchers. Today Hungary votes for the first time since the constitutional and electoral reforms imposed by Fidesz following the two-thirds majority granted it by the country’s mixed-member very-unproportional electoral system. Monday is the general provincial (or “national”?) election in Quebec. The final projection shows the Liberals most likely […]

Cape Verde presidential runoff

Update: It looks like Fonseca is winning. If confirmed, it will mean a legislature with a majority from one party and a president from another party. This may seem odd to Americans, but such a situation is quite rare around the world. _____________________ Voters in Cape Verde are choosing a president today in a runoff […]

Indonesian presidential election

Another day, another big presidential democracy having an election. In this case, it is Indonesia’s presidential election. The country had (counterhoneymoon) legislative elections earlier this year, which saw a high degree of fragmentation. To be elected president in one round, the leading candidate must have over 50% of the nationwide votes and 20% in at […]

Indonesia’s legislative elections

While I was otherwise engaged on 9 April, it seems Indonesia had its (‘counterhoneymoon’) legislative elections. (Click the country name in the ‘planted in’ line for previous discussions, which included some interesting discussion of party-list dynamics.)

Taiwan’s legislative elections, under a new electoral system

Taiwan’s legislative elections are 12 January, with presidential elections to follow on 22 March. The legislative elections will be the first under a new electoral system that was adopted by constitutional amendment about three years ago. Since becoming democratic in recent decades, Taiwan has been one of the rare cases of single nontransferable vote (SNTV). […]

September, 2005: A big month for election-watchers

For those of us who love watching an election campaign almost as much as a baseball pennant race (or insert favorite sport or other spectator activity here), the month that has just dawned promises to be perhaps the most exciting of the year. Two of America’s most important trading and security partners—Japan and Germany—go to […]