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In a multi-party political environment, the First-Past-The-Post electoral system may mitigate polarisation

Hughes, Niall (2015) In a multi-party political environment, the First-Past-The-Post electoral system may mitigate polarisation. British Politics and Policy at LSE (29 Apr 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

In this post, Niall Hughes argues that FPTP electoral system performs much better in the context of multi-party politics. Crucially, in a general election a voter’s preferred candidate will depend on the results in other constituencies. As a result, when three parties compete in a general election and voters care about national policy, the problem of polarisation under FPTP is mitigated.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 13:36
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2019 00:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72627

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