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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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Early Objections

Early Objections

(p.86) IV Early Objections
Proportional Representation

Jenifer Hart

Oxford University Press

Hare's book received several criticisms and objections, some of which generally took on the notion of proportional representation while others specifically articulated objections towards Hare's ideas. Several MPs have complained that Hare's plan was difficult to understand as it involved several complexities. However, some of them did not even try to understand the scheme. Most of these comments explained how the novel plan indeed veered away from the system that they were already used to, that there are no right reasons for including the representation of minorities in voting, and that the limited vote was somehow dark. Also, some pointed out that the representation by localities was completely left out from the plan.

Keywords:   Thomas Hare, proportional representation, Hare's scheme, representation of minorities, representation by localities, limited vote

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