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The People and the Party System : The Referendum and Electoral Reform in British Politics - Vernon Bogdanor

The People and the Party System

The Referendum and Electoral Reform in British Politics

Paperback Published: 9th November 1981
ISBN: 9780521285254
Number Of Pages: 296

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This book offers a comprehensive critique of the historical debate on the referendum and electoral reform in British politics from the nineteenth century to 1981. The book falls into two parts. First, the role of the referendum in political debate since the beginning of the century is discussed and a detailed analysis of the referendums of the 1970s is presented. Vernon Bogdanor then clarifies both the benefits and the difficulties involved in the wider use of the referendum. In the second part of the book, he examines proposals for electoral reform since 1830 and considers the attitudes of the parties towards it today. The different forms of proportional representation are discussed and the consequences of adopting them in Britain assessed. The People and the Party System is written in clear, non-technical language and is intended for the general reader. It makes an important contribution to a vital debate and will be of interest to all those concerned with British politics.

Preface
Introduction
The Referendum, 1890-1980
The Referendum and the Constitution
Proportional Representation, 1831-1979
The Case for Electoral Reform
Alternative Electoral Systems
Conclusion
Notes to the text
Bibliography
Indexes
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521285254
ISBN-10: 0521285259
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 9th November 1981
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44