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Is the future of electoral reform local?

Renwick, A. (2014) Is the future of electoral reform local? The Political Quarterly, 85 (3). pp. 368-372. ISSN 1467-923X

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The Electoral Reform Society has recently published two reports putting the case for electoral reform in local government. These suggest acceptance, in the wake of defeat in the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum, that the group’s ultimate goal of change to the Westminster electoral system is unlikely to be fulfilled soon and that a more gradual strategy is therefore needed. This paper examines this shift by asking three questions. First, is Westminster electoral reform really a dead letter? Second, is local electoral reform more likely—and, if so, just how much more likely? Third, would local electoral reform matter in itself?

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:38058
Uncontrolled Keywords:Keywords: electoral reform;local elections;single transferable vote;STV;Labour;Conservatives
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