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How people elect parliaments

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

Electoral reform efforts active in Canada

Canadian electoral reform organisations continue to be active in several of the nation’s provinces, despite the disappointment of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau abandoning a 2015 election pledge to secure electoral … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Scottish may be the key to UK electoral reform

If at any time soon the British Parliament legislates to reform the nation’s electoral system, it will almost certainly require the support of the Scottish National Party. After the recent … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Millions of British Voters Had No Choice

Millions of Britons could not exercise a proper choice at last June’s national elections, according to a new report from the British Electoral Reform Society. The ERS report condemns the continued … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lack of compromise training may hurt English Conservatives

English Tory politicians may rue the fact that decades of devotion to the first-part-the-post system leaves them untrained in the art of multi-party compromise. After Thursday’s shock election result, a … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Third good state result for German right

Germany’s centre-right Christian Democrat Union party has come first in the third of three German state elections in recent months – welcome news for national chancellor Angela Merkel. North Rhine-Westphalia … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Schleswig-Holstein question: Is the far-right on the rise?

As the French have been busy seeing off the National Front from their nation’s presidency, Germans have watched yesterday’s state election in the northern region of Schleswig-Holstein for indications of … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

Scottish teenagers choose between leading women

The Scottish Parliament is being elected today, and voters aged 16 and 17 are taking part. Scotland’s independent parliament is part of the regionalised United Kingdom political system, which in addition … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment