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    Britain’s voting system is partially responsible for holding back women’s representation

Britain’s voting system is partially responsible for holding back women’s representation

The proportion of women elected to parliament in the UK remains low compared to other countries. In this post, Chris Terry examines the gender balance of parliamentary candidates for the upcoming 2015 UK general election, and concludes that some progress is being made. Nevertheless, he suggests switching to a system of proportional representation would increase the representation of women […]

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    The fragmentation of the UK’s party system is making the country’s electoral system increasingly unworkable

The fragmentation of the UK’s party system is making the country’s electoral system increasingly unworkable

The UK will hold a general election on 7 May, with a number of smaller parties currently polling significant levels of support. Chris Terry writes on the effect that this fragmentation of the country’s party system will have in light of the UK’s ‘first past the post’ electoral system. He argues that with more parties competing for seats, the […]

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    Strengthening the role of citizens and national parliaments in decision-making is key to solving the EU’s democratic deficit

Strengthening the role of citizens and national parliaments in decision-making is key to solving the EU’s democratic deficit

The European Union has often been accused of having a ‘democratic deficit’. Ahead of the European elections on 22-25 May, Chris Terry outlines proposals put forward by the Electoral Reform Society in the UK for improving EU democracy. Among other reforms, he suggests that improving the representativeness of MEPs by using open-list voting systems, increasing the accountability of the […]

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April 30th, 2014|Chris Terry|0 Comments|