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To Keep or To Change First Past The Post?The Politics of Electoral Reform$
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André Blais

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199539390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539390.001.0001

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Electoral Reform in the UK: A Veto Player Analysis *

Electoral Reform in the UK: A Veto Player Analysis *

(p.61) 2 Electoral Reform in the UK: A Veto Player Analysis*
To Keep or To Change First Past The Post?

Adrian Blau

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses veto-player theory to explore the prospects for electoral reform in the UK. The chapter introduces the idea of ‘path-setting’ to show how the government can help or hinder reform depending on the particular legislative path that it chooses. It explains that reform is probably not in either the Labour or Conservative parties' interests, and shows how minor-party pressure for reform can be averted. Even if a hung parliament arises, electoral reform may not be initiated; even if electoral reform is initiated, it may not be implemented; even if electoral reform is implemented, it may not be a radical change.

Keywords:   plurality elections, electoral reform, proportional representation, two-party, multi-party, veto player

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