The British general election of 2010 under different voting rules


Journal Article

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. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Abramson, PR; Aldrich, JH; Diskin, A; Houck, AM; Levine, R; Scotto, TJ

Published Date

  • March 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 134 - 139

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0261-3794

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.electstud.2012.10.002

Citation Source

  • Scopus