Proportional Representation And The Constituency Role In Britain

Hardcover | May 15, 2007

byThomas Lundberg

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Thomas Lundberg critically examines the claim that party list-elected members of Britain's devolved assemblies are somehow 'second-class' representatives. The Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly are elected by the controversial mixed-member proportional (MMP) system. Empirical evidence compares British representatives to their MMP-elected counterparts in Germany and in New Zealand. Although list-elected representatives in Britain do appear to have a different constituency role, these representatives add an important element of pluralism to Britain's majoritarian politics.

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Thomas Lundberg critically examines the claim that party list-elected members of Britain's devolved assemblies are somehow 'second-class' representatives. The Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly are elected by the controversial mixed-member proportional (MMP) system. Empirical evidence compares British representatives to their M...

THOMAS CARL LUNDBERG is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Glasgow, UK. He has published articles on electoral system change in Representation, Parliamentary Affairs, Government and Opposition, and The Political Quarterly.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.63 × 5.7 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230006523

ISBN - 13:9780230006522

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Introduction: More Pluralism in Representation * Proportional Representation and Constituency Representation * Representative Roles and Electoral Incentives * Evidence for the Electoral Incentive * List Representatives and their Constituencies * Competition between Constituency and List Representatives * Conclusion: Coming to Terms with Pluralism