Electoral reform reformed: the Arbuthnott Commission and Scottish Parliament elections

James Mitchell, C. Pattie

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Since the opening of Scotland's devolved Parliament in 1999, the country has been embarked on a major constitutional experiment. Part of the experiment involved one of the most substantial exercises in electoral reform ever carried out in the UK, the adoption of AMS voting. However, after two AMS elections, concerns over the new system led to the establishment of the Arbuthnott Commission, charged with reviewing Scotland's electoral system. The commission's 2006 report makes suggestions, some straightforward and others more radical, for further reform. These are critically reviewed in this paper.
LanguageEnglish
Pages195 - 207
Number of pages13
JournalRepresentation
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Fingerprint

parliament
election
reform
electoral system
experiment
voting

Keywords

  • Scottish Parliament
  • Scottish elections
  • home rule
  • devolution

Cite this

Mitchell, James ; Pattie, C. / Electoral reform reformed : the Arbuthnott Commission and Scottish Parliament elections. In: Representation. 2006 ; Vol. 42, No. 3. pp. 195 - 207.
@article{940c279ce70442c2aee0f0b8373392c2,
title = "Electoral reform reformed: the Arbuthnott Commission and Scottish Parliament elections",
abstract = "Since the opening of Scotland's devolved Parliament in 1999, the country has been embarked on a major constitutional experiment. Part of the experiment involved one of the most substantial exercises in electoral reform ever carried out in the UK, the adoption of AMS voting. However, after two AMS elections, concerns over the new system led to the establishment of the Arbuthnott Commission, charged with reviewing Scotland's electoral system. The commission's 2006 report makes suggestions, some straightforward and others more radical, for further reform. These are critically reviewed in this paper.",
keywords = "Scottish Parliament, Scottish elections, home rule, devolution",
author = "James Mitchell and C. Pattie",
year = "2006",
doi = "10.1080/00344890600844756",
language = "English",
volume = "42",
pages = "195 -- 207",
journal = "Representation",
issn = "0034-4893",
number = "3",

}

Electoral reform reformed : the Arbuthnott Commission and Scottish Parliament elections. / Mitchell, James; Pattie, C.

In: Representation, Vol. 42, No. 3, 2006, p. 195 - 207.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Electoral reform reformed

T2 - Representation

AU - Mitchell, James

AU - Pattie, C.

PY - 2006

Y1 - 2006

N2 - Since the opening of Scotland's devolved Parliament in 1999, the country has been embarked on a major constitutional experiment. Part of the experiment involved one of the most substantial exercises in electoral reform ever carried out in the UK, the adoption of AMS voting. However, after two AMS elections, concerns over the new system led to the establishment of the Arbuthnott Commission, charged with reviewing Scotland's electoral system. The commission's 2006 report makes suggestions, some straightforward and others more radical, for further reform. These are critically reviewed in this paper.

AB - Since the opening of Scotland's devolved Parliament in 1999, the country has been embarked on a major constitutional experiment. Part of the experiment involved one of the most substantial exercises in electoral reform ever carried out in the UK, the adoption of AMS voting. However, after two AMS elections, concerns over the new system led to the establishment of the Arbuthnott Commission, charged with reviewing Scotland's electoral system. The commission's 2006 report makes suggestions, some straightforward and others more radical, for further reform. These are critically reviewed in this paper.

KW - Scottish Parliament

KW - Scottish elections

KW - home rule

KW - devolution

U2 - 10.1080/00344890600844756

DO - 10.1080/00344890600844756

M3 - Article

VL - 42

SP - 195

EP - 207

JO - Representation

JF - Representation

SN - 0034-4893

IS - 3

ER -