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The UK's Electoral Reform Referendum of May 2011

Laycock, S., Renwick, A., Stevens, D. and Vowles, J. (2013) The UK's Electoral Reform Referendum of May 2011. Electoral Studies, 32 (2). pp. 211-214. ISSN 0261-3794

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2012.10.007


The UK’s second nationwide referendum, held in May 2011, offers rich opportunities for analysing the dynamics of a referendum campaign. The articles gathered together in this symposium address three themes. The first concerns the determinants and dynamics of public opinion during a referendum campaign, the second relates to the potential for interaction between the referendum and simultaneous elections, and the third focuses on coverage of the referendum in the media. Following a brief outline of the background to the referendum, this paper introduces the contribution that each article makes to these themes.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:32547
Uncontrolled Keywords:referendum; electoral reform; alternative vote; United Kingdom
Additional Information:Special issue: The UK Electoral System Referendum, May 2011

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