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How people elect parliaments

New Zealand to have new centre-left government

A new, three-party government will be formed in New Zealand after balance-of-power party New Zealand First chose to side with the opposition Labour Party rather than the governing National Party. … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dutch, Germans, Kiwis edge towards governments

Government formation in nations using party list proportional representation is proceeding at very different rates in three countries which held elections during 2017. The Dutch, which held their parliamentary elections … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · 4 Comments

New Zealand parties will need to negotiate coalition government

As usual, New Zealand’s new Parliament will not produce a majority government, after the incumbent National Party fell backwards slightly at yesterday’s election. The choice of government will largely lie … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Double-header weekend for MMP voting system

This weekend sees a unique alignment of the world’s two nations that elect their parliaments by the MMP voting system, with elections in both New Zealand and Germany. Post-war Germany … Continue reading

September 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

National parliamentary elections for the remainder of 2017

After a quiet few months, a round of national parliamentary elections starting in coming days will highlight a number of the world’s electoral systems. The election of the Storting of … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 1 Comment