The Westminster ‘plurality rule’ electoral system

Patrick DUNLEAVY

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Abstract

Patrick Dunleavy examines a topic of foundational importance for any liberal democracy– how well does the electoral system (in this case the Westminster plurality rule, aka ‘first-past-the-post’) convert votes into seats? A sudden growth in two-party support in 2017 allowed the UK’s ancient voting system to work far more proportionately. But is this outcome a one-off blip, or the start of a new long-term trend?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe UK's Changing Democracy
Subtitle of host publicationThe 2018 Democratic Audit
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherLSE Press
Chapter2.1
Pages45-55
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781909890466, 9781909890473, 9781909890480
ISBN (Print)9781909890442
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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    DUNLEAVY, P. (2018). The Westminster ‘plurality rule’ electoral system. In The UK's Changing Democracy: The 2018 Democratic Audit (pp. 45-55). LSE Press. https://doi.org/10.31389/book1.b