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STV in Scotland shows us that voters can adapt to preferential voting systems – but political parties may take longer to fully grasp the new system

By Alistair Clark


In the run up to the AV referendum in May, there has been considerable debate and commentary from both campaigns on how AV would actually operate. In this light, it is worth considering the impact of the last large-scale electoral reform in the UK: the 2007 introduction of another preferential electoral system, the single transferable vote (STV) for local government elections in Scotland. Alistair Clark looks at what this change can teach us about what may happen if the ‘Yes’ campaign is successful

Topics: JN101 Great Britain, JN1187 Scotland
Publisher: Blog post from London School of Economics & Political Science
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:35428
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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