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If the European Parliament voting system were changed to an open-list system, many voters would switch their support from UKIP to the Conservative party

Blumenau, Jack, Eggers, Andy, Hangartner, Dominik and Hix, Simon (2013) If the European Parliament voting system were changed to an open-list system, many voters would switch their support from UKIP to the Conservative party. British Politics and Policy at LSE (27 Jul 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Britain currently uses a closed-list system for the European Parliament elections, allowing voters only to express support for parties as a whole. An open-list system would allow a voter to choose a candidate from one of the mainstream political parties, whilst still expressing her preferences on the European issue through the selection of a party. Since their exists substantial intra-party diversity, Jack Blumenau, Andy Eggers, Dominik Hangartner and Simon Hix ask whether voters behave differently if they were able to vote for individual candidates, rather than political parties as a whole? Through a new survey experiment, they show that if an open-list system were to be used (as it is in most European countries), then a significant portion of UKIP votes would end up switching to the Conservative party.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors; Online
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 12:41
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62343

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