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Local elections: different year, same failing voting system

Beyond the headline stories from this year's local elections, we see a voting system that is delivering poor representational outcomes for voters. In certain respects, it’s a tale told many times before; but it's getting worse with every telling. 
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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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Wales gets it: to address today’s challenges, government needs to better reflect the people it serves

Electoral reform has taken centre stage at every level of Welsh politics in the last few weeks. Both in Powys and Gwynedd councils and in the Senedd, reform proposals are an implicit acknowledgement that to address today's major challenges, government needs to better reflect the people it serves.
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Dutch elections: is a new version of PR on the way?

Home to what is often regarded as the most proportional voting system in the world, will the next election in the Netherlands be the last under its current version of PR? Dylan Difford charts the country's journey to PR, assessing its particular - and somewhat unusual - electoral system, and the possibility of a different…
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What can we learn from New Zealand’s successful electoral reform?

Thirty years ago, New Zealand decided to switch from First Past the Post (FPTP) to a Mixed-Member Proportional (MMP) voting system. This week, Kiwi voters head to the polls in their tenth proportional general election. With New Zealand’s reform having gone so smoothly, guest contributor Dylan Difford asks ‘what lessons can we draw from it’?
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