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How people elect parliaments

US Supreme Court says cheating with electoral boundaries is just fine

The toxic virus of political partisanship today infected the United States Supreme Court, with a majority of five judges appointed by Republican presidents voting to declare that federal courts should … Continue reading

June 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Australia unchanged

Australia has gone to a national election, and the result is a Parliament virtually identical to the outgoing one. The incumbent Liberal-National government will continue in office. And key political … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Australia goes to the polls

Australians head to the polls today to elect their 46th national House of Representatives and half their Senate, both using preferential (ranked choice) voting. It will be a poignant event … Continue reading

May 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hungarian government retains absolute control of parliament

Despite winning only 48% of the national vote overnight, Hungary’s dominant Fidesz party has again taken around 67% of the seats in the nation’s parliament. The two-thirds majority will allow … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Complex Colombian political landscape searches for peace with FARC guerrillas

Last weekend’s elections in Colombia have produced complex parliamentary chambers where even the largest two parties could not combine to reach a majority of seats. Colombia has a highly proportional … Continue reading

March 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Monaco: the world’s worst electoral system?

Elections in the tiny Mediterranean principality of Monaco last week have resulted in one of the most bizarre of election results, with the leading party winning 21 out of 24 … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

South Australian election 2018: preview

Australia may be headed for an historic upset of its traditional two-party election dynamic at the election of the State parliament in South Australia on March 17. For decades the … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Costa Rican politics fragments

Elections in Costa Rica in Central America have thrown up a highly fragmented result, with the Legislative Assembly to be divided among at least five significant parties. The run-off vote … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Commoners win control of Tongan parliament

Tonga – one of the world’s few remaining political monarchies – has moved a decisive step closer to democratic government, electing the first national Government which is not subject to … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment