The Report of the Independent Commission on the Voting SystemContents


 
Contents
 
Volume 1
 
  Glossary of Main Electoral Systems
Terms of reference and Commission membership
 
Chapter One: Introduction
 
Chapter Two: The Meaning of Representation
  Fairness and the Role of Parties
The Role of Members of Parliament
 
Chapter Three: The Current System
The Virtues of FPTP
Historical and Political Context
The Defects of FPTP
Voter Choice and 'making votes count'
Perverse Results
Wider Representation
Bias
 
Chapter Four: Electoral Systems and Stable Government: Experience of the United Kingdom and Overseas
The British Tradition
Republic of Ireland
Germany
Other Countries
Italy
France
New Zealand
Australia
FPTP Shared Mainly with North America and India
 
Chapter Five: Solutions for Britain Without Constituency Changes
The Alternative Vote
The Supplementary Vote
The Second Ballot System
The 'Weighted' Vote
Inevitable Consequence
 
Chapter Six: The Single Transferable Vote
STV as Part of a Hybrid System
Conclusion on STV Generally
 
Chapter Seven: The Case For and Functioning of a Mixed System
General Advantages of a Mixed System
The Status of MPs in a Mixed System
Proportionality and Stable Government
Method of Electing Constituency Members
Electing Top-up Members: a Local Solution
The Role of Top-up Members
Voter Choice
Northern Ireland
By-Elections
Thresholds
Tactical Voting
The Number of Top-up Members
 
Chapter Eight: Related Issues
Boundary Commission
Oversight of Electoral Matters and Conduct of the Referendum
Arrangements for Reviewing the Electoral System
 
Chapter Nine: Recommendations and Conclusions
Note of Reservation by Lord Alexander of Weedon QC
 
Annexes
Annex A - Tables of Projections
Annex B - Ballot Paper
Annex C - Illustrative Map of Top-Up Areas
Annex D - Illustrative List of Current Constituencies Within Top-Up Areas
Annex E - Method of Working
Annex F - List of International Interlocutors
Annex G - Acknowledgements
Annex H - Bibliography
 
Volume 2
 

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