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Proportional RepresentationCritics of the British Electoral System 1820-1945$
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Jenifer Hart

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201366.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Proportional Representation
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Jenifer Hart

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201366.003.0001

One of the common misconceptions about proportional representation entails how it supposedly requires advanced mathematical skills for its understanding. Also, it is said to be supported mainly by Liberals, and that this 20th-century concept did not have many supporters. On the contrary, the notion of having the representation of opinions in government bodies to be in proportion with the votes they receive from the electorate is not a very complicated concept. In Britain during the earlier parts of the 19th century, people began to evaluate our already established procedure for elections, and it was pointed out the minorities — then perceived as those who own property and were educated — were often not well represented.

Keywords:   proportional representation, mathematical skills, government bodies, minorities, electorate, votes

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