The Political Incentives Destroying the UK

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 4:28 pm

Brad DeLong points out that the downturn in the United Kingdom is now worse than during the Great Depression. In light of this information he calls for the Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrat party which is a minor partner in the coalition government with the Conservatives, to bring an end to the [...]

The Dynamics Behind Canada’s Liberal Party Backing Election Reform

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 5:31 pm

In the most recent Canadian elections, the Liberal Party of Canada, one of the oldest and most dominant political parties in the world, lost badly and fell into irrelevance.  That fall, however, may lead the country to adopt more democratic election reforms, and Canada could serve as a case study for how the success of [...]

Referendum on Alternative Voting Defeated in the UK

By: Friday May 6, 2011 7:30 pm

This week, voters in the United Kingdom went to the polls and decided strongly against a referendum on switching federal elections to alternative voting, or “AV,” also known as “instant-runoff voting” (IRV). From the BBC: UK voters have rejected a change to the voting system, a blow to Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg after heavy [...]

Canadian Results Show Election Rules Can Trump Will of the Electorate

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 8:30 am

Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party are celebrating their huge win in Monday’s election. Having won 54 percent of the seats in the House of Commons, the Conservatives now have a solid governing majority. The thing is that if Canada used a different voting system like many other democracies (such as Germany, [...]

Cool to Be Con? Plurality of Americans Now Identify as “Conservative”

By: Friday June 25, 2010 8:25 pm

There has been a significant increase in the number of people choosing to label themselves as “conservatives” according to a new report from Gallup. The 42% identifying as conservative represents a continuation of the slight but statistically significant edge conservatives achieved over moderates in 2009. Should that figure hold for all of 2010, it would [...]

Unfair UK Electoral System Turns Voters’ Choice Upside Down

By: Monday May 10, 2010 12:16 pm

The results from the United Kingdom House of Commons elections May 6 are a beautiful demonstration of how absurd an electoral system they and we have. Like the United States, the UK has single-member districts where the winner is whoever gets the largest plurality, regardless of how small that plurality is. It’s called “first past [...]

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