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Are there any studies which would conclude whether stronger geographic representation in voting systems is a significant contributor to strong regional identities in a country?

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  • They have this type of thing in the US and it advantages one party because its voters are more spread out. – Number File Oct 6 '20 at 12:35
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    @NumberFile, probably a correct observation (even if gerrymandering is more complex) but it wasn't the question which was asked. – o.m. Oct 6 '20 at 15:29
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    Can you name a country that does not use geographic representation in the election of its national parliament, is considered at least partially democratic and large enough for regional identity to make sense (e.g. Luxembourg probably won’t count)? – Jan Oct 7 '20 at 10:16
  • @Jan Good remark. I have modified my question to stress the fact I'm interested in the role of geographic representation in general. So the study I'm looking for would probably rank countries on a spectrum from solely proportional systems like that of Slovakia and Netherlands through Germany to the UK and the USA. The more problematic aspect would be deciphering the cause and the effect. – Probably Oct 7 '20 at 13:46
  • Strongly suspect that the converse is true. But usually geographic differences caused by governmental arrangements are usually attributed to the policies of the entity to which the region elects representatives and not to the mere fact of electing people to represent geographic constituencies. Distinguishing policy impacts from nature of voting system impacts is very hard to do methodologically. – ohwilleke Oct 7 '20 at 22:30

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