“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Who Really Understands It?

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I have a confession to make, despite following politics for years I could never get my head around the newer voting systems.

I suppose I’m more interested in the actual interaction of people and policies, rather than the mechanism, but I should know better. Old dog ? New tricks?

So as an aide-mémoire here’s a few pieces on the PR and various voting systems.

Proportional Representation, a backgrounder.

The single transferable vote (STV)

The additional member system (AMS)

The PR Library has a lot of material on these voting schemes.

How Proportional Representation elections work by Douglas J. Amy, a bit American but helpful in understanding some of the issues.

The Electoral Reform Society has a lot in its systems guide.

The Guardian’s guide to PR.

How proportional representation would have changed the general election 2010 result.

Unlike many others I don’t think PR is a panacea for the decline in voting and I’m a bit concerned that it could allow neofascist groupings to gain a foothold. I am still thinking about what might be the least worst alternative.

Written by modernityblog

11/05/2010 at 00:17

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  1. Today’s panacea is tomorrow’s belly laugh, Mod.


    11/05/2010 at 02:02

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