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The UK’s Electoral System Failed

Posted by hkarner - 18. Dezember 2019

Date: 17‑12‑2019

Source: Project Syndicate by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, is Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. His books include The End of Poverty, Common Wealth, The Age of Sustainable Development, Building the New American Economy, and most recently, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism.  

First‑past‑the‑post voting has been praised for promoting political stability by producing two‑party or nearly two‑party systems. Yet, as the outcome of the United Kingdom’s recent election shows, that supposed benefit comes at the price of a government in which a minority can ride roughshod over the interests and preferences of more than half of the population.

NEW YORK – On the most important issue in the United Kingdom’s modern history – whether to leave the European Union or remain – the UK’s electoral system produced an absurd result. A majority of the UK public wants to remain in the EU, and actually voted accordingly in the parliamentary election on December 12. Yet the election produced a large majority for the Conservative Party, which backs a quick Brexit. The reason is as simple as it is troubling: the failure of the first‑past‑the‑post electoral systems to translate public sentiment into reasonably representative outcomes. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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