The Electoral System and British Politics by David Klemperer


This report reconsiders the debate over electoral reform in light of recent developments in British politics. Looking beyond questions of ‘fairness’, it analyses the practical impact of the existing ‘First-Past-the-Post’ electoral system, and highlights how it no longer delivers the outcomes its advocates claim. It then discusses a number of alternative electoral systems, using the evidence of their working abroad to explore their potential to reshape politics. Finally, it considers the question of how reform could actually be achieved.

This publication presents the personal views of the author and not those of The Constitution Society, which publishes it as a contribution to debate on this important subject.