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Framing electoral reform in the 2011 UK Alternative Vote referendum campaign

Lundberg, Thomas and Steven, Martin (2013) Framing electoral reform in the 2011 UK Alternative Vote referendum campaign. Australian Journal of Political Science, 48 (1). pp. 15-27. ISSN 1036-1146

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
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)
ID Code: 59721
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2012 10:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2013 16:35
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59721

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