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Strategic Actors or Muddling Through? Political Parties, Local Campaigning and the Single Transferable Vote

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alistair Clark


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Through a study of local party adaptation to the introduction of the Single Transferable Vote (STV) in the 2007 Scottish local government election, this article asks whether party organisations can be strategic, vote‐maximising actors when a new electoral system is introduced. By examining candidate and ‘vote management’ strategies, the article demonstrates that local parties tended to adapt best in areas of organisational and electoral strength. However, despite some comprehensive attempts to adapt to the STV system, parties were hampered by a lack of experience with the new system and a lack of adequate data upon which to base candidate and campaigning decisions

Publication metadata

Author(s): Clark A, Bennie L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Representation

Year: 2008

Volume: 44

Issue: 4

Pages: 327-340

ISSN (print): 0034-4893

ISSN (electronic): 1749-4001

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00344890802422922


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