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The Politics of Electoral Systems$
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Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199257566.001.0001

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The United Kingdom: Plurality Rule Under Siege

The United Kingdom: Plurality Rule Under Siege

(p.157) 8 The United Kingdom: Plurality Rule Under Siege
The Politics of Electoral Systems

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‘Times they are a-changing . . .’ is at the source of the Westminster model. Or are they? Electoral reformers are still trying to replace Britain’s single-member plurality electoral system with some form of PR, as they have been for 150 years. The system has maintained the parliamentary dominance of two parties, but elections have become increasingly multi-party and disproportional since 1974. However, at sub-state, local, and European elections, Britain has become a very active laboratory for electoral system design and implementation.

Keywords:   single-member plurality, partisan electoral bias, disproportionality, electoral deserts, electoral reform

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