How Ireland Voted 2011

How Ireland Voted 2011

The election that followed saw Europe's most successful ever party lose more than half of its vote and almost three quarters of its seats. This book provides the definitive analysis of an electoral earthquake.

Author: M. Gallagher

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230354005

Category: Political Science

Page: 326

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The collapse of the Irish 'Celtic Tiger' economy, in the wake of a banking disaster, provoked a joint EU/IMF rescue plan in late 2010. The election that followed saw Europe's most successful ever party lose more than half of its vote and almost three quarters of its seats. This book provides the definitive analysis of an electoral earthquake.
Categories: Political Science

How Ireland Voted 2016

How Ireland Voted 2016

This book is the definitive analysis of the 2016 Irish general election and is the eighth book in the well-established How Ireland Voted series.

Author: Michael Gallagher

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319408897

Category: Political Science

Page: 327

View: 626

This book is the definitive analysis of the 2016 Irish general election and is the eighth book in the well-established How Ireland Voted series. The 2011 election in Ireland was characterised as an earthquake, but the aftershocks visible in the 2016 election were equally dramatic. This election saw the rout of the government that had presided over a remarkable economic recovery, and marked a new low for the strength of the traditional party system, as smaller parties and independents attracted almost half of all votes. The first chapter sets the context, and later ones investigate the extent to which the outgoing government fulfilled its 2011 pledges, and how candidates were selected. The success or otherwise of campaign strategies is assessed, the results and the behaviour of voters are analysed, and the aftermath, when it took a record length of time to form a government, is explored. Other chapters examine the consequence of new gender quotas for candidate selection, consider the reasons for the unusual success of independents, and reflect on the implications. The book also reveals intriguing insights into the candidates’ experiences of the election, both successful and unsuccessful. It will be of use to students, teachers and scholars of Irish politics, as well as the wider reader interested in Irish politics and elections.
Categories: Political Science

Public Sector Reform in Ireland

Public Sector Reform in Ireland

Gallagher, M. (2011) Ireland's Earthquake Election: Analysis of the Results in Gallagher, M. and Marsh, M. (eds) How Ireland Voted 2011: The full story of Ireland's earthquake election. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 139–171.

Author: Muiris MacCarthaigh

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319574608

Category: Political Science

Page: 298

View: 663

This book provides a thematic case-study analysis of the wide-ranging public sector reforms introduced in one of the states most deeply affected by the global financial crisis: the Republic of Ireland. It presents a timely and apposite examination of how a crisis can be used to overcome barriers and facilitate new reform agendas. The study draws upon unique insider access to the centre of Irish government, as well as interviews with over 60 key figures, to examine the implementation of those reforms over the 2011-16 period. The book opens with a contextual analysis of the creation of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Subsequent chapters explore the process of shrinking the Irish state, renegotiating the political-administrative bargain, expenditure reforms, administrative culture reforms, and political reforms. This rich ‘in action’ study of a reform agenda undertaken during a period of crisis will appeal not only to students of executive politics, cutback management and public sector reform, but also to practitioners seeking to implement administrative reforms.
Categories: Political Science

Politics and Gender in Ireland

Politics and Gender in Ireland

The Da ́il's 166th member, the Ceann Comhairle (speaker of the Da ́il), is automatically re-elected. ... Buckley, F. & McGing, C. (2011) Women and the election, in: M. Gallagher & M. Marsh (Eds) How Ireland Voted 2011: The Full Story of ...

Author: Fiona Buckley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351043878

Category: Political Science

Page: 180

View: 726

This book explores the relationship between women, the state and democratic politics in Ireland today. It highlights the conservatism of the political culture shared by all traditions on the island, and how this culture circumscribes women’s political agency in Northern Ireland and Ireland. The book explores the opportunities and obstacles to women’s participation and representation on each side of the border. The chapters take the view that public decision-making institutions and processes are subject to rules and practices that reinforce the gendered foundations of democratic politics. They document women’s continuing quest for full participation and equal representation in these male-gendered arenas. The contributors focus on the marginalised experiences of women in modern politics in Ireland and detail their efforts to challenge the masculinized status quo. The book addresses the classical issues of citizenship, participation, representation and equal rights in a sustained analysis of the political systems on the island. It also deals with modern issues – multiculturalism, peace-building, the male-gendered legislature and the unequal nature of women’s citizenship in constitutional, institutional and policy contexts. The book is completed by a comprehensive appendix of all women elected to political office on the island from 1918-2013. This book was published as a special issue of Irish Political Studies.
Categories: Political Science

The post crisis Irish voter

The post crisis Irish voter

Voting behaviour in the Irish 2016 general election Michael Marsh, David M. Farrell, Theresa Reidy. Achen, Christopher H., and Larry M. Bartels . 2016. ... How Ireland Voted 2011, The Full Story of Ireland's Earthquake Election.

Author: Michael Marsh

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526122674

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 576

This is the definitive study of the Irish general election of 2016 – the most dramatic election in a generation, which resulted in the worst electoral outcome for Ireland’s established parties, the most fractionalized party system in the history of the state, and the emergence of new parties and groups. These outcomes follow a pattern seen across a number of Western Europe’s established democracies in which the ‘deep crisis’ of the Great Recession has wreaked havoc on party systems. The objective of this book is to assess this most extraordinary of Irish elections both in its Irish and wider cross-national context. With contributions from leading scholars on Irish elections, and using a unique dataset – the Irish National Election Study 2016 – this volume explores voting patterns at Ireland’s first post crisis election and it considers the implications for the electoral landscape and politics in Ireland.
Categories: Political Science

Asian Cities in an Era of Decentralisation

Asian Cities in an Era of Decentralisation

Buckley, F. & McGing, C. (2011) Women and the election, in: M. Gallagher & M. Marsh (Eds) How Ireland Voted 2011: The Full Story of Ireland's Earthquake Election, pp. 222-239 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan). Cowell-Meyers, K. (2011) A ...

Author: Fiona Buckley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134908837

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

View: 691

This book explores the relationship between women, the state and democratic politics in Ireland today. It highlights the conservatism of the political culture shared by all traditions on the island, and how this culture circumscribes women’s political agency in Northern Ireland and Ireland. The book explores the opportunities and obstacles to women’s participation and representation on each side of the border. The chapters take the view that public decision-making institutions and processes are subject to rules and practices that reinforce the gendered foundations of democratic politics. They document women’s continuing quest for full participation and equal representation in these male-gendered arenas. The contributors focus on the marginalised experiences of women in modern politics in Ireland and detail their efforts to challenge the masculinized status quo. The book addresses the classical issues of citizenship, participation, representation and equal rights in a sustained analysis of the political systems on the island. It also deals with modern issues – multiculturalism, peace-building, the male-gendered legislature and the unequal nature of women’s citizenship in constitutional, institutional and policy contexts. The book is completed by a comprehensive appendix of all women elected to political office on the island from 1918-2013. This book was published as a special issue of Irish Political Studies.
Categories: Social Science

Politics in the Republic of Ireland

Politics in the Republic of Ireland

in Michael Gallagher and Michael Marsh (eds), How Ireland Voted 2011: The Full Story of Ireland's Earthquake Election. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 172–202. Marsh, Michael and Slava Mikhaylov, 2012. 'Economic voting in a crisis: ...

Author: John Coakley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317312697

Category: History

Page: 424

View: 437

Politics in the Republic of Ireland is now available in a fully revised sixth edition. Building on the success of the previous five editions, it continues to provide an authoritative introduction to all aspects of the government and politics in the Republic of Ireland. Written by some of the foremost experts on Irish politics, it explains, analyses and interprets the background to Irish government and contemporary political processes. It devotes chapters to every aspect of contemporary Irish government and politics, including the political parties and elections, the constitution, the Taoiseach and the governmental system, women and politics, the role of parliament, and Ireland’s place within the European Union. Bringing students up to date with the very latest developments, especially with the upheaval in the Irish party system, Coakley and Gallagher combine substance with a highly readable style, providing an accessible textbook that meets the needs of all those who are interested in knowing how politics and government operate in Ireland.
Categories: History

A Conservative Revolution

A Conservative Revolution

Mair, P. (2011). 'The Election in Context', in M. Marsh and M. Gallagher (eds), How Ireland Voted 2011. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Mair, P., and Weeks, L. (2005). 'The Party System', in J. Coakley and M. Gallagher ...

Author: Michael Marsh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198744030

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

View: 458

The 2011 general election in the Republic of Ireland, which took place against a backdrop of economic collapse, was one of the most dramatic ever witnessed. The most notable outcome was the collapse of Fianna Fail, one of the world's most enduring and successful parties. In comparative terms Fianna Fail's defeat was among the largest experienced by a major party in the history of parliamentary democracy. It went from being the largest party in the state (a position it had held since 1932) to being a bit player in Irish political life. And yet ultimately, there was much that remained the same, perhaps most distinctly of all the fact that no new parties emerged. It was, if anything, a 'conservative revolution'. A Conservative Revolution? examines underlying voter attitudes in the period 2002-11. Drawing on three national election studies the book follows party system evolution and voter behaviour from boom to bust. These data permits an unprecedented insight into a party system and its voters at a time of great change, as the country went through a period of rapid growth to become one of Europe's wealthiest states in the early twenty-first century to economic meltdown in the midst of the international Great Recession, all of this in the space of a single decade. In the process, this study explores many of the well-established norms and conventional wisdoms of Irish electoral behaviour that make it such an interesting case study for comparison with other industrialized democracies.
Categories: Business & Economics

Asian Cities in an Era of Decentralisation

Asian Cities in an Era of Decentralisation

Ireland is the term used in this article to denote the geographical territory of the island, and encompasses both ... Buckley, F. & McGing, C. (2011) Women and the election, in: M. Gallagher & M. Marsh (Eds) How Ireland Voted 2011: The ...

Author: Michelle Ann Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134908769

Category: Architecture

Page: 168

View: 751

This book critically engages with the idea of decentralization as empowering cities and their residents to act innovatively and creatively. The contributions thus highlight how the term ‘empowerment’ in the context of decentralization regimes masks a competing array of intentions and agendas. Who and what are ‘empowered’, given a ‘voice’ and allowed to ‘participate’ via the processes and structures of decentralization (and to what ends) are too frequently assumed in normative conversations about ‘bringing government closer to the people’ and ‘community driven development’. Creating an illusion of a shared language and common set of priorities therefore obscures more complex realities, particularly when there is a disconnect between the official goals of decentralization and civil society aspirations that reinforces politics of exclusion at the grassroots. Equally, official processes of decentralization can, and often are, accompanied by less visible processes of ‘recentralization’ through the reassertion of central state control over putatively autonomous jurisdictions. Through studies in six Asian countries (India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand and Japan) the essays in this book examine cases whereby a range of urban actors and institutions have been ‘empowered’ via decentralization, and how this realignment of local power relations impacts upon the dynamics of urban governance, albeit not always in socially progressive ways. This book was published as a special issue of Space and Polity.
Categories: Architecture

Financial Crisis Austerity and Electoral Politics

Financial Crisis  Austerity  and Electoral Politics

Mair, Peter (2011) The election in context, in: Michael Gallagher and Michael Marsh (eds) How Ireland Voted 2011: The Full Story of Ireland's Earthquake Election (Basingstoke: Palgrave), pp. 283–297. Marsh, Michael (2007) Candidates or ...

Author: Pedro Magalhães

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317514992

Category: Political Science

Page: 154

View: 521

This book examines the domestic electoral consequences of the economic and financial crisis in Europe, particularly in those countries where the crisis manifested itself more devastatingly: the Southern European countries of Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, as well as Iceland and Ireland. On the surface, the electoral consequences of the crisis seem largely similar, having resulted, in these countries, in large electoral losses for incumbents, as the most elementary versions of "economic voting" theory would have us expect. However, behind this fundamental similarity, important differences emerge. Whilst in some cases, on the basis of post-election surveys, it is possible to see that the "crisis elections" followed a previous pattern of performance-oriented voters, with no major changes either in known predictors of electoral choices or in basic party system properties, other elections brought the emergence of new parties, new issues and cleavages, altering patterns of political competition. By examining these different outcomes by comparing the "crisis elections" with previous ones, this book takes into account their timing relative to different stages of crisis. It also scrutinises party strategies and campaign dynamics, particularly as governments attempted (and sometimes succeeded) in framing events and proposals so as to apportion responsibility for economic outcomes. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties.
Categories: Political Science

Electoral Management Institutions and Practices in an Established Democracy

Electoral Management  Institutions and Practices in an Established Democracy

(2011) Available at http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/eng/Work_Of_The_Department/Programme_for_Government/Programme_for_Government_2011–2016.pdf Gallagher, M. & Marsh, M. (2011) How Ireland Voted 2011: the Full Story of Ireland's Earthquake ...

Author: Fiona Buckley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317189800

Category: Political Science

Page: 212

View: 612

Over the last three decades, electoral reform has moved centre stage in both new and established democracies. In Europe, the post 1989 democratisation wave brought important debates about electoral system choice and free and fair elections. But electoral reform also emerged on the agenda in a number of established democracies. Declining political participation, corruption scandals and party finance irregularities put the management of the democratic process on the political agenda. Election administration problems such as those in the Gore Bush election of 2000 thrust electoral integrity into the global political spotlight. In this edited collection, we are primarily concerned with the mechanics of how elections are run. Elections are complex administrative tasks and as International IDEA points out, they are also usually administered against a politically charged backdrop. This book brings together specialists to consider the election management process using diverse theoretical approaches and, addressing both emerging and perennial election debates such as the role of voter advice applications, election management bodies, districting, ballot design and media practices in the coverage of elections. The volume includes a number of comparative chapters which utilise data from large international datasets (VDem and CSES), several Irish case studies and an important Dutch study of voter advice applications with pioneering data. Collectively, the chapters provide insights into election administration in Ireland and many other established democracies. This book was previously published as a special issue of Irish Political Studies.
Categories: Political Science

Saving the State

Saving the State

47 48 Irish Times, 4 February 2011. Nealon, Ted Nealon's Guide to the 21st Dáil and Seanad, p. 11. Downing, Enda Kenny, p. 285. Peter Mair, 'The election in context' in How Ireland Voted, 2011, p. 287.

Author: Stephen Collins

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 9780717189748

Category: Political Science

Page: 480

View: 862

When Fine Gael entered a coalition government with Fianna Fáil in 2020 the party did what would have been unthinkable for its forefathers, who had fought and won a bitter civil war to establish the institutions of an independent Irish state almost a century earlier. Saving the State is the remarkable story of Fine Gael from its origins in the fraught days of civil war to the political convulsions of 2020. Written by political journalist Stephen Collins and historian Ciara Meehan, Saving the State draws on a wealth of original historical research and a range of interviews with key political figures to chart the evolution of the party through the lens of its successive leaders. From the special place occupied by Michael Collins in the party’s pantheon of heroes to the dark era of the Blueshirts, and from its role as the founder of the state to its claim to be the defender of the state, the ways that members perceive their own history is also explored. Saving the State is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how Fine Gael came to be the party it is today, the ways in which it interprets and presents its own history, and the role that it played in shaping modern Ireland.
Categories: Political Science

A Conservative Revolution

A Conservative Revolution

A Conservative Revolution? examines underlying voter attitudes in the period 2002-11. Drawing on three national election studies the book follows party system evolution and voter behaviour from boom to bust.

Author: Michael Marsh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191061622

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

View: 961

The 2011 general election in the Republic of Ireland, which took place against a backdrop of economic collapse, was one of the most dramatic ever witnessed. The most notable outcome was the collapse of Fianna Fáil, one of the world's most enduring and successful parties. In comparative terms Fianna Fáil's defeat was among the largest experienced by a major party in the history of parliamentary democracy. It went from being the largest party in the state (a position it had held since 1932) to being a bit player in Irish political life. And yet ultimately, there was much that remained the same, perhaps most distinctly of all the fact that no new parties emerged. It was, if anything, a 'conservative revolution'. A Conservative Revolution? examines underlying voter attitudes in the period 2002-11. Drawing on three national election studies the book follows party system evolution and voter behaviour from boom to bust. These data permits an unprecedented insight into a party system and its voters at a time of great change, as the country went through a period of rapid growth to become one of Europe's wealthiest states in the early twenty-first century to economic meltdown in the midst of the international Great Recession, all of this in the space of a single decade. In the process, this study explores many of the well-established norms and conventional wisdoms of Irish electoral behaviour that make it such an interesting case study for comparison with other industrialized democracies.
Categories: Business & Economics

Austerity and Recovery in Ireland

Austerity and Recovery in Ireland

When Citizens Decide: Lessons from Citizen Assemblies on Electoral Reform. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Gallagher, M. and Marsh, M. 2011. How Ireland Voted 2011: The Full Story of Ireland's Earthquake Election.

Author: William K. Roche

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192510792

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 360

View: 857

In international commentary and debate on the effects of the Great Recession and austerity, Ireland has been hailed as the poster child for economic recovery and regeneration out of deep economic and fiscal contraction. While the genesis of Ireland's financial, economic, and fiscal crisis has been covered in the literature, no systematic analysis has yet been devoted to the period of austerity, to the impact of austerity on institutions and people, or to the roots of economic recovery. In this book a group of Ireland's leading social scientists present a multidisciplinary analysis of recession and austerity and their effects on economic, business, political, and social life. Individual chapters discuss the fiscal and economic policies implemented, the role of international, and, in particular, of EU institutions, and the effects on businesses, consumption, work, the labour market, migration, political and financial institutions, social inequality and cohesion, housing, and cultural expression. The book shows that Ireland cannot be viewed uncritically as a poster child for austerity. While fiscal contraction provided a basis for stabilizing the perilous finances of the state, economic recovery was due in the main to the long-established structure of Irish economic and business activity, to the importance of foreign direct investment and the dynamic export sector, and to recovery in the international economy. The restructuring and recovery of the financial system was aided by favourable international developments, including historically low interest rates and quantitative easing. Migration flows, nominal wage stability, the protection of social transfer payments, and the involvement of trade unions in severe public sector retrenchment - long-established features of Irish political economy - were of critical importance in the maintenance of social cohesion.
Categories: Business & Economics

Coalition Governance in Western Europe

Coalition Governance in Western Europe

( eds ) , Elections in Australia , Ireland and Malta under the Single Transferable Vote . ... In Michael Gallagherand Michael Marsh ( eds ) , How Ireland Voted 2011 : The Full Story of Ireland's Earthquake Election .

Author: Torbjörn Bergman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192638984

Category: Political Science

Page: 640

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Coalition government is the most frequent form of government in Western Europe, but we have relatively little systematic knowledge about how that form of government has developed in recent decades. This book studies such governments, covering the full life-cycle of coalitions from the formation of party alliances before elections to coalition formation after elections (or in the sitting parliament), portfolio distribution among the coalition parties, governing and policy-making when parties work together in office, and the stages that eventually lead to government termination. A particular emphasis is on the study of how coalitions govern together even when they have different agendas. Do individual ministers decide, or the Prime minister or is the outcome a result of a process of coalition compromise? The volume covers 16 West European countries and introduces the case of Croatia, focusing mainly on governments formed during the past two decades. Comparative Politics is a series for researchers, teachers, and students of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research. For more information visit: www.ecprnet.eu. The series is edited by Susan Scarrow, Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Houston, and Jonathan Slapin, Professor of Political Institutions and European Politics, Department of Political Science, University of Zurich.
Categories: Political Science

Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland

Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland

in Gallagher, M. and Marsh, M. (eds), How Ireland voted 2011: the full story of Ireland's earthquake election, Basingstoke: Palgrave. Marsh, M., Sinnott, R., Garry, J. and Kennedy, F. (2008) The Irish voter: the nature of electoral ...

Author: Mark O'Brien

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781781381489

Category: History

Page: 268

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This title brings together academics and practitioners to present an overview of the development and current shape of political communication in the Republic of Ireland from a multiplicity of perspectives and sources.
Categories: History

The Act of Voting

The Act of Voting

Gallagher, M. and Marsh, M., 2011, How Ireland Voted 2011: The Full Story of Ireland's Earthquake Election. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Girvin, B., 1997, 'Political culture, political independence and economic success in Ireland.

Author: Johan A. Elkink

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317533351

Category: Political Science

Page: 306

View: 168

Electoral behaviour is one of the most dynamic areas of study in the field of comparative politics today. A strongly emerging theme in recent years has been the need to set the study of voting behaviour in its wider context, that is to understand how the behaviour of the individual (non)voter is conditioned by the environment in which the election is occurring. The main motivation for this book is to respond to this need. The Act of Voting examines voting – both the question of whether to vote (ie. electoral turnout) and who to vote for – in context from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. In addition to other topics and themes, chapters explore the national or social identities of individuals and how these contribute to complex social dynamics, discuss the institutions that determine who is able to vote and over what, and analyse the impact of the locale on the voting act. Offering chapters by up-and-coming scholars in the field of electoral behaviour, as well as reflections on how the act of voting should be viewed in the broadest context – normatively, institutionally and socially, this book will be of interest to students and scholars researching political behaviour, public opinion and politics more generally.
Categories: Political Science

Resilient reporting

Resilient reporting

Media coverage of Irish elections since 1969 Michael Breen, Michael Courtney, Iain Mcmenamin, Eoin O'Malley, ... Mair, P. (2011) 'The election in context', in M. Gallagher and M. Marsh (eds), How Ireland Voted 2011: The Full Story of ...

Author: Michael Breen

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526120007

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 389

This book examines how election news reporting has changed over the last half century in Ireland by means of a unique dataset involving 25m words from newspapers as well as radio and television coverage. The authors examine reporting in terms of framing, tone and the distribution of coverage.They also focus on how the economy has affected election coverage as well as media reporting of leaders and personalities, gender and the effect of the commercial basis of media outlets. The findings - drawn from a machine learning computer system involving a huge content analysis study - will interest academics as well as politicians and policymakers internationally.
Categories: Political Science

The European left and the financial crisis

The European left and the financial crisis

Gallagher, M. (2011) 'Ireland's earthquake election: analysis of the results', in M. Gallagher & M. Marsh (eds) How Ireland voted 2011: the full story of Ireland's earthquake election, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 139–171.

Author: Michael Holmes

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526124302

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 680

This timely collection addresses key questions including: How did political parties from the Left respond to the crisis? What does the crisis mean for the relationship between the Left and European Integration, and what does it mean for socialism as an economic, political and social project?
Categories: Political Science

Should We Change How We Vote

Should We Change How We Vote

Much of the information presented in this chapter results from a series of in-country interviews conducted with party and elected officials in Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand between 2011 and 2015. For more on party organization and ...

Author: Andrew Potter

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773550827

Category: Political Science

Page:

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During the 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party pledged that, if elected, they would end the “first past the post” electoral system, where whichever candidate receives the most votes wins a riding even if they have not received a majority of all votes cast. In early 2017, the Liberals reneged on their campaign promise, declaring that there was a lack of public consensus about how to reform the system. Despite the broken promise – and because of the public outcry – discussions about electoral reform will continue around the country. Challenging the idea that first past the post is obsolete, Should We Change How We Vote? urges Canadians to make sure they understand their electoral system before making drastic changes to it. The contributors to this volume assert that there is perhaps no institution more misunderstood and misrepresented than the Canadian electoral system – praised by some for ensuring broad regional representation in Ottawa, but criticized by others for allowing political parties with less than half the popular vote to assume more than half the seats in Parliament. They consider not only how the system works, but also its flaws and its advantages, and whether or not electoral reform is legitimate without a referendum. An essential guide to the crucial and ongoing debate about the country’s future, Should We Change How We Vote? asks if there are alternative reforms that would be easier to implement than a complete overhaul of the electoral system.
Categories: Political Science