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Although the rules have changed many times, the principle of allocating seats by more than one formula has been preserved over the years. Mixed electoral systems were regularly classified as anomalies until the 1990s. When they were empirically rare, mixed systems were not identified as a separate category (Bogdanor 1983; Butler 1982; Grofman and Lijphart 1986; Nohlen 1984; Rae 1967; Rose 1983; Sartori 1968, 1986). 20 The nearly simultaneous collapse of communism in East Central Europe and Eurasia and the wave of electoral reform that swept through many long-standing democracies created demand for election rules that promised to solve the problems facing new and established democracies alike.
The table also shows the categorization of these rules by three major taxonomies. Inconsistencies across these classifications are due to various factors. First, the coding rules for mixed systems differ, as noted earlier. Reynolds and Reilly (1997) define systems with proportional taxonomy of mixed electoral systems / 23 outcomes (with seat or vote transfers) as MMP. Rules that do not link tiers for allocation are called Parallel. Massicotte and Blais (1999) identify systems with seat linkages or vote transfers as Corrective.
In the second round, the Conservative Party’s divisor is raised by one, its index is recalculated, and the next seat is allocated. Again, the Conservative Party wins the seat. In the next round, the Conservative Party’s total is adjusted and the seat is allocated to the Liberal Democratic Party. The final seat is given to Plaid Cymru. This process is repeated for each PR district. In noncompensatory mixed systems, no formal linkage exists between tiers of allocation. 17 Each party acquires the sum of the seats it received in the majoritarian and proportional components of the election.