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How people elect parliaments

Congressional cliffhanger: did the Libertarian cost the Republican victory?

The very close result in last night’s special election for the vacant 18th congressional district of Pennsylvania looks set to attract a lot of attention to the idea of ranked choice … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Democrats seize congressional seat in historic cliffhanger vote

A seat in the United States House of Representatives appears to have changed hands, with Democratic Party candidate Conor Lamb holding a 847-vote margin in late-night counting for the special … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

The numbers for Italy’s next government: no good options

The Italian election has produced the result anticipated by polls, and dreaded by most external observers – a complicated three-way scenario between the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement (5*M) and the … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Nepal to resume parliamentary democracy after 20 years of strife

After two decades of national turmoil, Nepal is on the verge of restoring government by parliamentary democracy. The Himalayan nation’s new parliament will be elected over two election days. Elections … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

UK House of Commons debates proportional representation

The debate over electoral reform for the United Kingdom has moved a small step forward, with a debate in the House of Commons on the subject. In response to well-supported … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Japanese parliament brings huge majority, but in distorted result

The early election called by Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe has served him well, narrowly maintaining his government’s two-thirds majority in the Shugi-in, the lower house of the Japanese parliament. … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Japanese government may win election landslide

The incumbent government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks likely to win a landslide in this weekend’s snap national elections. The long-dominant Liberal Democrat Party, despite recent scandals, is … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

UK Conservatives’ early election call cost them majority

Had UK Prime Minister Theresa May waited several months to call an election, her Conservative government might have retained its House of Commons majority in a smaller Parliament, even on … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Snap Japanese election will not be normal competition

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap early election for the Shugi-in, the lower House of the Japanese parliament – but don’t expect a normal contest. The election … Continue reading

September 26, 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