electoral systems

29th May 2012
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29 May 2012
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new zealand
election
electoral systems
mcdougall
london

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New Zealand's MMP Referendum and General Election of November 2011

Venue:
City Temple Conference Centre EC1A 2DE
Starts:
01:00pm
Ends:
02:30pm

New Zealand's MMP Referendum and General Election of November 2011 with Professor Jack Vowles, University of Exeter

On November 26 2011 New Zealanders voted to retain their Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) electoral system by a comfortable margin of 58 to 42 per cent. In an earlier pair of referendums in 1992 and 1993, New Zealand had voted to shift to MMP from its former simple member plurality (SMP) system. In comparison with efforts to change electoral systems elsewhere, the New Zealand shift to MMP has been proven robust, and is now likely to persist. Using post-referendum survey data the paper develops an explanation of the ‘persistence of reform' in the New Zealand case of electoral system change. The paper also draws come comparisons between the British and New Zealand Electoral System Referendums, particularly with respect to their regulative frameworks
 
Jack Vowles is Professor of Political Science at the University of Exeter, although later this year he is returning to New Zealand to become Professor of Comparative Politics at Victoria University of Wellington. He has led the New Zealand Election Study since 1996, serves on the Planning Committee of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

For more information contact Paul Wilder on admin@mcdougall.org.uk or vitsit the McDougall Trust website.

10th September 2011
Expired
10 Sep 2011
Tags: 
green party
party conference
fringe event
electoral systems
electoral reform society

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Can the Greens Sustain Success without Electoral Change?

Venue:
Room 10:29, Green Party Conference, Sheffield (Hallam University)
Starts:
02:00pm
Ends:
03:30pm

Electoral Reform Society fringe event at the Green Party Conference.

Britain’s unfair First Post the Post system has proven to be no obstacle to the election of Britain’s first Green MP and Green-led council. So why is it so important to keep electoral reform on the political agenda?

The event, 'Can the Greens Sustain Success without Electoral Change?' includes speakers Katie Ghose and Jean Lambert and chaired by Caroline Lucas.