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British Columbia electoral reform plan announced

The government of the Canadian province of British Columbia has announced details of a plebiscite to be held in November on the future system for electing the province’s Legislative Assembly. … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

German parties will form new governing grand coalition

Nearly six months on from last year’s national elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will finally form a new government with a parliamentary mandate, after Social Democrat party members agreed to … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Germans might try minority government for a while

Government-formation negotiations flowing from September’s national Bundestag election in Germany is proving difficult, with talks over a three-party coalition collapsing earlier this month. Current Chancellor Angela Merkel had been seeking … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

Elections highlight role of PR in coalition-building

Overnight election results in Austria and the north German state of Lower Saxony have highlighted the impact of proportional representation systems in forcing political parties to form joint governments. Voting … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Final German election for 2017 may buck right-ward swing

After three earlier state elections and a dramatic federal election, the northwestern German state of Lower Saxony rounds out the nation’s 2017 electoral year this Sunday. And the signs are … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

Bundestag expands by over 100 seats

One extraordinary result of Sunday’s election in Germany is that the Bundestag will expand by over 100 seats to ensure that each of seven political parties has a strictly proportional … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

Germans elect complex six-party parliament

Angela Merkel will remain as Chancellor of Germany, but Sunday’s Bundestag elections have seen a historically strong result for the nation’s minor political parties. The combined popular vote share of … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 2 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