On Elections

How people elect parliaments

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

Argentinians to elect half their parliament

Argentinians are voting on Sunday in an unusual two-cycle system to elect their national legislature. The system involves half of the seats in each of the the Cámara de Diputados (Chamber … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Czechs voting with individual-based list method

Despite using a party list electoral system, Czech voters actually get at least some say on which individuals represent them in their parliament. The Czechs will elect their national Poslanecka … 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

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

Far-right set to influence Austrian government again

Voters in Austria have their turn this Sunday to determine the role of the far-right in yet another European parliament. Historically the nationalist, populist and conservative Freedom Party of Austria … Continue reading

October 14, 2017 · 8 Comments

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 · 1 Comment

Norwegians stick with conservative government

The Norwegian government, an alliance of the Høyre (Conservative) party and the right-populist Fremskrittspartiet (Progress) party, has survived a significant swing against it in yesterday’s Norwegian election. Conducted under a … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Macron proposes that MPs eliminate their own seats

French President Emmanuel Macron will ask the new French National Assembly to vote for electoral changes which would see more than half the current members of his own party out … Continue reading

July 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Armenians shift to parliamentary government with unique voting rules

In contrast to the increasingly presidential governments seen in nations such as Turkey and Russia, the little Caucuses republic of Armenia has deliberately shifted to a parliamentary system of government, … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · 1 Comment