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Who needs thresholds, anyway?

Charles Richardson September 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

Charles Richardson September 14, 2017

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

Election preview: Norway

Charles Richardson September 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

Charles Richardson July 6, 2017

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

Election preview: Malta

Charles Richardson June 2, 2017

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

Cartographical fun in North Carolina

Charles Richardson May 25, 2017 2 Comments

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?

Charles Richardson May 1, 2017 5 Comments

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

Charles Richardson April 20, 2017 8 Comments

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

Charles Richardson March 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

Charles Richardson February 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.