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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Abstract

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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages134-139
Number of pages6
JournalElectoral Studies
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

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

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Abramson, P. R., Aldrich, J. H., Diskin, A., Houck, A. M., Levine, R., & Scotto, T. J. (2013). The British general election of 2010 under different voting rules. Electoral Studies, 32(1), 134-139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2012.10.002
Abramson, Paul R. ; Aldrich, John H. ; Diskin, Abraham ; Houck, Aaron M. ; Levine, Renan ; Scotto, Thomas J. / The British general election of 2010 under different voting rules. In: Electoral Studies. 2013 ; Vol. 32, No. 1. pp. 134-139.
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Abramson, PR, Aldrich, JH, Diskin, A, Houck, AM, Levine, R & Scotto, TJ 2013, 'The British general election of 2010 under different voting rules' Electoral Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 134-139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2012.10.002

The British general election of 2010 under different voting rules. / Abramson, Paul R.; Aldrich, John H.; Diskin, Abraham; Houck, Aaron M.; Levine, Renan; Scotto, Thomas J.

In: Electoral Studies, Vol. 32, No. 1, 31.03.2013, p. 134-139.

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