New labour, new electoral system, new electoral geographies? A review of proposed constitutional changes in the United Kingdom

Ron Johnston*, Charles Pattie

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Abstract

The United Kingdom electoral system remained virtually unchanged throughout the twentieth century but three reports (two of them commissioned by the Labour government elected in 1997) published in late 1998 propose significant changes in: the administration of elections, with specific reference to increasing turnout rates; the funding of political parties and electoral campaigns; and the electoral system itself-with a recommendation for a system that is broadly proportional but retains the link between (most) MPs and single-member constituencies. This paper reviews those reports, relates them to the geography of electoral behaviour in the UK, and explores the geographical implications of their major recommendations. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-515
Number of pages21
JournalPolitical Geography
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2000

Keywords

  • Electoral administration
  • Electoral reform
  • Local campaigns
  • Party funding
  • United Kingdom

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