The British general election of 2010 under different voting rules

Paul R. Abramson, John H. Aldrich, Abraham Diskin, Aaron M. Houck, Renan Levine, Thomas J. Scotto

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The 2010 British election resulted in what the British refer to as a " hung Parliament" for the first time in over a generation. This result further heightened the debate over the fairness and utility of the nation's centuries-old first-past-the-post (FPTP) system. Survey data are used to simulate the election outcome under four different electoral systems beyond FPTP: round-robin pair-wise comparisons, the Borda count, the alternative vote, and Coombs' method. Results suggest that in 2010, the Liberal-Democrats were Condorcet preferred to all other parties and would have won a national election under every tested method except the alternative vote, the method supported by the Liberal-Democrats during the referendum in May 2011 and, of course, FPTP as actually used.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-139
Number of pages6
JournalElectoral Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • voting behavior
  • electoral system
  • Condorcet method
  • Coombs' method
  • party politics


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