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Agents of change: dispelling the ‘lazy youth’ myth

Young people defy stereotypes in many, often surprising ways. Ella Eagle Davies argues that young people - contrary to the prevailing narrative - are neither lazy nor mere objects of policy, but rather strikingly creative when it comes to sustaining a voice in politics. It's the voting system that is letting them down.
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Make local votes matter

This year’s local elections will provoke lots of reaction about the states of the parties. Absent, all too often, will be discussion of the severe representational deficits in England's local elections system. Hugely distorted results have become a matter of routine - but things don’t have to be this way…
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The Untold Tale of How and Why Britain has First Past the Post

It is sometimes thought that Britain’s use of First Past the Post (FPTP) to elect Members of Parliament to the House of Commons is part of Westminster’s ancient heritage. This isn’t so. The introduction of single-member FPTP in 1885 was as much a piece of electoral engineering for the benefit of the leading political parties…
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Strong and Stable: the most politically stable democracies use PR

"Whichever way you cut it, it is impossible to see how there is a causal link between fairer election results and higher levels of political instability.” Make Votes Matter’s report, a comprehensive analysis spanning five decades, conclusively discredits the notion that the UK’s political architecture is a more reliable guarantor of political stability.
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Portuguese elections: why size isn’t everything

In this bumper year of elections, Portugal is the first European democracy to be heading to the polls to elect a new parliament. How will the election work and what can Portugal teach us about the importance of constituency size under PR? Dylan Difford explores.
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All governments are coalitions – with PR, it’s the voters who are in control

It’s time we saw single-party majorities for what they are: opaque, unaccountable coalitions. UIltimately, all governments are coalitions, but where coalitions formed under PR voting systems have real advantage is the control held by voters, particularly over the ideological composition of government, and the popular legitimacy borne of representing a majority of the public –…
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Campaign updates

PR loves newsletters

PR Loves… women’s voices, collaboration, diverse representation, long-term planning and so much more! Hats off, and a heartfelt thank you, to everyone who participated in our recent 'Proportional Representation Loves...' Day of Action! It was wonderful to see such creativity and passion for PR.
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PR goes viral

The day after Belarus went to the polls in elections which LSE blogs has described as "nothing more than an illusion", we thought it was high time to remind everyone that Belarus is the UK's only partner in Europe in using First Past the Post for parliamentary elections. The message clearly struck a chord, going on to…
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Coalitions of chaos under FPTP

This week saw the launch of ‘PopCon’, yet another faction or splinter group within the Conservative Party. When one of its figureheads - former Tory Prime Minister Liz Truss, no less - has previously characterised her successor as “profoundly unconservative”, it underscores the problem with the supposedly two-party system.
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2024: elections, by-elections and hope

And we’re off - the starting gun has been fired on the biggest ever year of elections. Countries comprising more than half the world's population have already begun heading to the polls. In May, every voter in England & Wales will have the chance to vote. Plus of course, for all of us across the…
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Newsletter: November 2023

In this edition: taking on the system, Christmas reading and crowdfunder final stretch
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Newsletter: October 2023

In this edition: party conference season part 2, winter crowdfunder and another round of by-election betrayal
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