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Well, that was easy

Contrary to expectation, Britain’s Conservative Party wins a parliamentary majority. But the electoral system, very much as expected, failed to give people anything like what they voted for.

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What a dreadful electoral system this is!

For those who wanted a demonstration of the faults of a non-proportional electoral system, Britain is now providing it in spades.

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How not to support minor parties

No-one knows if reform of Australia’s strange Senate voting system will actually go ahead. Minor parties argue that it shouldn’t. Here’s why it should.

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A snap Japanese election

Japan unexpectedly goes to the polls next month, with a faltering economy and an electoral system that’s already been ruled unconstitutional.

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Bosnia & Herzegovina: still not looking like a real country

Elections at the weekend in Bosnia & Herzegovina show that ethnic division is still the overriding reality, despite some obvious public dissatisfaction.

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New Zealand sticks with the centre-right

New Zealand prime minister John Key has been comfortably re-elected, but his country’s voting system makes the result very different from what we would see in Australia.

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Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy

Hong Kong looks like getting the universal suffrage that Beijing promised, but how democratic it will really be remains to be seen.

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How not to address political corruption

Thirty years on, public funding of Australian election campaigns has recorded a striking lack of success at stopping corruption. As should have been expected all along.

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Notes on a new Senate

With any luck, Australia’s latest contingent of new senators will be the last to be elected with automatic ticket voting. The debate shows minor parties to be just as much captives to self-interest as anyone.

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Another look at those Indian numbers

India’s election result would have looked very different under a proportional system. But in politics, perception quickly becomes reality.

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