Lundberg, Thomas and Steven, Martin (2013) The 2011 UK Alternative Vote referendum: social movement theory and electoral reform. Australian Journal of Political Science, 48 (1). pp. 15-27. ISSN 1036-1146Full text not available from this repository.
The 2011 British referendum on the electoral system offered voters a change within the majoritarian family from single-member plurality to the alternative vote. The alternative vote is not proportional, but the ‘yes’ campaign in the United Kingdom included small parties and ‘democracy sector’ organisations previously associated with advocating proportional representation. This anomalous behaviour can be explained by applying social movement theory, especially interpretations related to political opportunity structures and frame analysis. The Liberal Democrats, Electoral Reform Society and others had previously criticised the alternative vote, yet decided to campaign in favour of it. This led to an unclear framing of their objectives and, ultimately, their failure.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Australian Journal of Political Science|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||alternative vote ; electoral systems ; referenda ; United Kingdom|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JA Political science (General)|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)|
|Deposited On:||31 Oct 2012 10:04|
|Last Modified:||04 Apr 2013 10:18|
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