Chris Hanretty

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    Red card, red herring: Introducing Cameron’s EU ‘red card procedure’ will have limited impact

Red card, red herring: Introducing Cameron’s EU ‘red card procedure’ will have limited impact

The UK’s proposal for a “red card procedure” for national parliaments to stop EU policy proposals would have affected less than two per cent of votes in the EU Council of Ministers – and that’s assuming governments lose the plot. Sara Hagemann, Chris Hanretty and Simon Hix discuss.

Earlier this month the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, proposed several […]

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    The 2015 UK election has been described as the most disproportional ever – but it wasn’t so everywhere

The 2015 UK election has been described as the most disproportional ever – but it wasn’t so everywhere

Disproportionality is the degree of mismatch between parties’ shares of votes and their shares of seats, with measures of disproportionality usually calculated for national elections. This year’s general election was criticised by many as the least proportional ever. Chris Hanretty acknowledges that on some measures, this is a valid claim, but demonstrates that calculating a measure for local disproportionality gives […]

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Would the Conservatives have been better off under AV?

The UK held a referendum in 2011 on adopting an Alternative Vote (AV) electoral system for general elections, which was rejected by a substantial majority of the British public. Chris Hanretty assesses how AV might have affected the 2015 UK general election. He notes that while the Conservative Party opposed AV during the referendum, the latest seat projections suggest […]

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In the 2013 Italian elections the centre-left coalition is almost certain to win a majority in the Chamber of Deputies, but is very unlikely to win a majority in the Senate.

Parliamentary elections are due to be held in Italy on 24-25 February. As part of EUROPP’s series previewing the election, Chris Hanretty predicts the final results by pooling the most recent polling data. His findings indicate that the centre-left coalition, led by Pier Luigi Bersani of the Partito Democratico (PD), is almost certain to win a majority in the Chamber […]

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