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Partisanship, ideology, and political system support are the most important factors influencing voters’ electoral system preference

Jou, Willy (2014) Partisanship, ideology, and political system support are the most important factors influencing voters’ electoral system preference. Democratic Audit Blog (15 Jan 2014). Website.

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Abstract

The 2011 AV referendum demonstrated the difficulty of enacting electoral reform through public mobilisation, and changes in electoral rules usually result from elite discussions rather than citizen demands. However, New Zealand represents an example of voters pushing through a new electoral system against the will of reluctant politicians. Willy Jou explores factors that affected New Zealand citizens’ electoral system preferences by analysing voters surveys over a 15-year period, and finds that voters who identify with smaller parties, identify themselves as left-of-centre, or express discontent with the functioning of democracy consistently favoured a proportional system over first-past-the-post, whereas trust in government and assessment of economic conditions (as a proxy for government.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://www.democraticaudit.com/
Additional Information: © Democratic Audit UK; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > Democratic Audit Blog
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2014 15:15
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2020 23:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56285

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