May, 2018

Election preview: Malaysia

, May 09, 2018

If Malaysia was a democracy, the opposition would already be in power. As it is, they look like missing out again.

Lebanon goes to the polls at last

, May 08, 2018

Lebanon's long-delayed general election is a poor result for its prime minister, but he may still contrive to keep his job.

Election preview: Hungary

, Apr 08, 2018

Central Europe's most illiberal leader faces the voters, helped by a voting system designed for his own benefit.

Election preview: South Australia

, Mar 16, 2018

South Australians go to the polls, with little reason to think that the electoral system will reflect their wishes.

Election preview: Italy

, Mar 04, 2018

The centre-left's predicament in Italy probably looks worse than it is. But in the circumstances that's not much consolation.

Italy, one month out

, Feb 05, 2018

Uncertainty on several fronts surrounds next month's Italian election, which could be Silvio Berlusconi's most unlikely comeback yet.

Where to next for Catalonia?

, Jan 19, 2018

Catalonia has returned from the Christmas break to find that its constitutional crisis is no nearer a solution.

Do we really have to go through this again?

, Nov 13, 2017

So the Coalition no longer has a majority in the House of Representatives. Here's why that's no big deal.

Czechs swing rightwards

, Oct 23, 2017

Another election, another bad result for the centre-left. The future direction of Czech politics is uncertain, although public opinion remains basically centrist.

Who needs thresholds, anyway?

, Sep 24, 2017

New Zealand copied its democratic electoral system from Germany, but also copied its least democratic and now pointless feature.

Left falls short in Norway

, Sep 14, 2017

Norway's government is returned, partly due to the electoral system. Next stop, New Zealand and Germany.

Election preview: Norway

, Sep 11, 2017

The non-rise of European populism continues, with Norway's establishment parties facing off in a close election.

Election preview: Papua New Guinea

, Jul 06, 2017

A chaotic election in Papua New Guinea represents, among other things, the failings of Australian colonialism.

Election preview: Malta

, Jun 02, 2017

Malta's very stable political system shows no sign of changing in tomorrow's election.

Cartographical fun in North Carolina

, May 25, 2017

The US Supreme Court strikes a blow against gerrymandering but also exposes the depth of its own partisan divisions.

Macron will win, but can he govern?

, May 01, 2017

France's politicians are looking ahead to the aftermath of Sunday's runoff election, and trying to work out how the new president will put together a parliamentary majority.

France knows what it wants, but not how to get it

, Apr 20, 2017

The polls unanimously tell us that Emmanuel Macron is the preferred choice for French president. The question is whether the electoral system will translate that into reality.

Western Australia wraps up

, Mar 27, 2017

Final results from Western Australia confirm the dimensions of Labor's victory. They also show the upper house, for all its undemocratic structure, reflecting the popular vote rather well.

Election preview: Ecuador

, Feb 18, 2017

Ecuador's leftist president is respecting term limits and bowing out. Change is on the way, which may not be good news for Julian Assange.

Election previews: Macedonia and Romania

, Dec 11, 2016

Two almost-neighboring countries in south-eastern Europe go to the polls tonight, in the last major elections of 2016.