How representative is our democracy?
in Representative democracy?
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

Under first-past-the-post rules, election results are the outcome of an interaction between the geography of party support and the geography of parliamentary constituencies. But in translating votes into seats, first-past-the-post elections can be inconsistent and arbitrary in their operation. Results are generally disproportional (with some parties receiving a higher share of the seats, and others a lower share, than their vote shares might suggest). And they are often biased (consistently favouring one party more than another). The chapter examines both features of first-past-the-post elections and shows how they have changed over time to affect how representative the UK's electoral system really is.

Representative democracy?

Geography and the British electoral system


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 41 41 0
Full Text Views 0 0 0
PDF Downloads 0 0 0