Which map? Which government? Malapportionment and gerrymandering, UK-style (The government and opposition/leonard schapiro memorial lecture, 2014)

Ron Johnston*

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Abstract

Commentators suggest that the UK is entering a period in which general election results are unlikely to produce a clear winner. In such a situation, how and where the constituency boundaries are drawn is crucial, as different configurations of seats in particular places could have a significant impact on an election outcome. Although those configurations are recommended to Parliament by non-partisan Boundary Commissions, research has shown that Labour has been significantly advantaged by their recent proposals because they incorporated the equivalents of two well-known American electoral abuses - malapportionment and gerrymandering. This article illustrates how and why they have operated and discusses how the Conservatives' failed attempt to remove one of them (malapportionment) and influence the other (gerrymandering) might have impacted on its position prior to the 2015 general election.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalGovernment and Opposition
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2013

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