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 [...]

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 [...]

Wisconsin Labor Fight Spurs Surge in Union Pride, Liberal Support

By: Thursday March 3, 2011 1:48 pm

The very public fight in Wisconsin over labor unions’ collective bargaining rights seems to have resulted in a strong surge in union pride among labor households, and made liberal Democrats’ support of labor significantly stronger. A new Pew poll compared the change in opinions about labor unions over the past few weeks as the Wisconsin [...]

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 [...]

Republican Djou Has Plurality Lead in Hawaii Special Election, and in Our System, Plurality Is Enough

By: Monday May 3, 2010 9:17 pm

When Democrat Neil Abercrombie resigned his House seat to run for Governor of Hawaii, he set off a no primary, winner-take-all, special election to replace him. Despite the district being very Democratic-leaning, the Republican Charles Djou could win with a relatively small plurality of the vote because two other candidates are splitting the Democratic vote. [...]

Americans Want More Diversity in Their Political Choices

By: Monday April 19, 2010 2:09 pm

The U.S. is not an inherently divided country split between two ideologies. Nor do American voters actually want a two-party system; they don’t believe this offers a sufficient set of choices. This dichotomy is a result of our election system’s structure and will not change until are election laws are changed.

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