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The Politics of Electoral Systems$
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Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199257566.001.0001

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Australia: The Alternative Vote in a Compliant Political Culture

Australia: The Alternative Vote in a Compliant Political Culture

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(p.79) 4 Australia: The Alternative Vote in a Compliant Political Culture
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The Politics of Electoral Systems
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David M. Farrell

Ian McAllister (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199257566.003.0004

The history of Australian electoral systems shows a high degree of democratic experimentation. Australia employs the alternative vote to elect its lower house of parliament, and the single transferable vote to elect the upper house. In addition, the adoption of compulsory voting has consequences for the operation of those electoral systems. Political culture reflects a high degree of delegation by voters to political parties, and electoral reform is not high on the political agenda.

Keywords:   alternative vote, single transferable vote, Australian politics, democratic experimentation, compulsory voting

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