Reviewing the case for electoral reform

Briggs, Jacqui (2011) Reviewing the case for electoral reform. Renewal: a Journal of Social Democracy, 19 (3/4). p. 14. ISSN 0968-252X

Reviewing the case for electoral reform: the issue of women’s representation
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The undeniable outcome of the UK Referendum as to whether the Alternative Vote (AV) should be used for elections to Westminster, held on the 5th May 2011, was a resounding ‘No’. The turnout was low at 42.2 per cent but, of those, 68 per cent voted against the proposal. This may mean that electoral reform is likely to be off the political agenda for the foreseeable future at least, if not for a generation.
This could, however, be a myopic standpoint given that there are many who still cite the inconsistencies of the incumbent First Past the Post electoral system and bemoan its continued existence for elections to Westminster. AV may have been decisively defeated in the referendum; but what of the case for Proportional Representation?

Keywords:electoral reform, political representations, women's representation
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:08 Nov 2012 20:03

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