To keep or to change first past the post? [electronic resource] : the politics of electoral reform / edited by André Blais.
- Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.
1 online resource (240 p.)
- Representative government and representation.
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- First past the post is one of the oldest and simplest electoral systems. The logic is simple: the candidate with the most votes wins. It is the system in place in some of the oldest democracies, most especially the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the largest democracy, India. This is also a system that is hotly debated, and proposals for reform are often advanced. This book addresses the following questions: What fosters or hinders reform of first past the post? When and why does reform emerge on the political agenda? Who proposes and who opposes reform? When and why do reform
- Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; List of Abbreviations; Notes on Contributors; Introduction; 1. Inherent and Contingent Factors in Reform Initiation in Plurality Systems; 2. Electoral Reform in the UK: A Veto Player Analysis; 3. Election Reform and (the Lack of) Electoral System Change in the USA; 4. Electoral Reform in Canada; 5. When Citizens Choose to Reform SMP: The British Columbia Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform; 6. Systemic Failure, Coordination, and Contingencies: Understanding Electoral System Change in New Zealand; Conclusion; References; Index
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-220) and index.
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- Blais, André, 1947-
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