electoral reform Archive

  • Why do people vote?

    The theory that underpins modern economics is the idea that people act rationally.  Their actions will be based on an analysis of the information available to them and they will then act in a manner that maximises their own benefit. If that is so, how […]

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  • It matters who governs

    Politics is not only about policies but also about personalities.  The very best ideas are no good if they are implemented incompetently.  Good leaders are able to recruit the right people to follow them.  And who knows how anyone will react in a crisis? Voter […]

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  • Local government pause for thought

    It has long been a contention of this website that democracy should be thought of not merely as a set of rules but as a culture.  While elections and elected institutions are necessary, they are by no means sufficient.  There is a range of other […]

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  • From the people who brought you electoral reform

    The government’s plans for reforming the House of Lords are in disarray.  A substantial majority – 462 to 124 – in the House of Commons voted for reform but the motion to set out the timetable for the debate was withdrawn in the face of […]

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  • The end of the coalition

    The results of the voting that took place on 3 May surely spell the beginning of the end for Britain’s coalition government.  (Read about the election results here.)  I am not referring to the victory for Labour and defeat for the coalition parties (with an […]

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  • The House of Lords is a mess

    The House of Lords is a mess.  It brings together in one place party political nominees (often former MPs), acknowledged experts on particular issues, descendants of drinking buddies of long-deceased monarchs, and a smattering of Anglican bishops, to sit in judgement on legislation.  We are […]

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  • Federal Union review of 2011

    Last year was dominated by the crisis in the eurozone.  It dominated the debate about the future of European integration, obviously, but has also turned out to be a major influence both in the UK and around the world. Taking Europe first, it is absurd […]

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  • A German decision that sets back Europe

    News reaches me of a rather strange decision by the German constitutional court regarding the elections to the European Parliament. The ruling is forcing a change in the way in which Germany elects its MEPs. The decision is strange not because it is inconsistent with […]

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  • Who votes for the US president?

    This blog has reported previously on the American presidential election system and the way it represents the country unevenly, by starting the primary process in one small town in Iowa.  There is controversy between California and Nevada about another uneven aspect, the way that the […]

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  • All voters are not equal

    One of the basic ideas of federalism is that citizens of the federation all have equal rights, regardless of which member state they might live in.  Their rights with respect to the state level might vary, each member state being entitled to decide its own […]

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