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So what went wrong with the electoral system? : The 2010 election result and the debate about electoral reform

Curtice, John (2010) So what went wrong with the electoral system? : The 2010 election result and the debate about electoral reform. Parliamentary Affairs, 63 (4). pp. 623-638.

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Abstract

Single-member plurality is often thought to facilitate a two-party system of alternating single-party majority government. However, no party secured an overall majority in the 2010 UK election, which was followed by the formation of the first peacetime coalition government since the 1930s. This article assesses whether this outcome was a one-off occurrence or was symptomatic of longer term changes in voting patterns in the UK that have reduced the likelihood of singe party majorities. To do so it charts trends in the level of third party support and representation, the incidence of marginal seats, and bias in the treatment of the two largest parties.

Item type: Article
ID code: 29044
Keywords: Scottish politics, Scotland, electoral system, electoral reform, Political Science, Sociology and Political Science, Law
Subjects: Political Science
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2011 15:24
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:14
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/29044

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