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Second Time Lucky? The Continuing Adaptation of Voters and Parties to the Single Transferable Vote in Scotland

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alistair Clark


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The 2012 round of Scottish local elections, held as a stand-alone contest, under STV provides a clearer indication of how STV has impacted on political behaviour than the previous round in 2007 which was held concurrently with elections to the Scottish parliament. Utilising aggregate ward-level data, this article presents a preliminary analysis of how parties and voters have adapted to the new system. It finds that voters have adapted well to STV, and that party loyalties remain important under the new system even if voters have considerably more choice.

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Author(s): Clark A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Representation

Year: 2013

Volume: 49

Issue: 1

Pages: 55-68

Print publication date: 29/11/2012

ISSN (print): 0034-4893

ISSN (electronic): 1749-4001

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00344893.2012.742456


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