It's Only Made Things Worse: A Critique of Electoral Reform in Britain

Authors

  • RICHARD KELLY

    1. Teaches Politics at Manchester Grammar School and is a founder member of the Political Education Forum. He is author of British Political Parties Today and Conservative Party Conferences (both published by Manchester University Press).
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Abstract

Since it came to power, New Labour has introduced a range of new electoral system into the British political system, implicitly accepting the argument that Britain's traditional electoral system - first-past-the-post (FPTP) - has been a cause of voter disenchantment with Britain's representative democracy. In this article, it is asserted that Labour's reforms have merely compounded this problem, while demonstrating that all electoral systems have significant flaws. Indeed, it is argued that the flaws of the new systems are more serious than those of FPTP and threaten an even greater disconnection between UK politicians and the people they represent.”

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