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 [...]

If You Want More Bipartisanship, Promote More Political Parties

By: Monday May 30, 2011 8:45 am

If you look at the current government in the UK, you will see an almost unprecedented level of bipartisanship in the recent history of the country. The Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats have been working together extremely closely. What is the cause of this outbreak of bipartisanship? The answer is simple, the UK has [...]

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 [...]

UK Election: Exit Polls Indicate Hung Parliament

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 6:24 pm

Polls are now closed in the United Kingdom, and the UK Guardian published an exit poll indicating that no party won a majority. So, there could be what is called a “hung parliament”–a House of Commons where no one party holds a majority of seats. In many parliamentary systems, this is not an unusual occurrence [...]

Tactical Voting: A Problem in the UK and the US

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 2:12 pm

In the United Kingdom general election May 6, “tactical voting” has become a serious issue as prominent members of the Labour Party push for it as a way to “keep out the Tories.” It’s an issue in upcoming US elections, as well. Tactical voting is voting for someone besides the candidate you would most want [...]

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