Electoral reform in local government: alternative systems and key issues

Patrick Dunleavy and Helen Margetts

There is a general feeling that council elections are in need of reform.

There is a general feeling that council elections are in need of reform - to produce more proportional results, to increase electoral competition in local politics, and to strengthen opposition in one-party controlled areas (which account for one in five localities).

This timely study explores how alternative electoral systems would work in the different kinds of local authorities across England. It analyses elections in 12 different localities and shows what the outcomes would have been under the Alternative Vote, the Supplementary Vote, List Proportional Representation, the Single Transferable Vote and the Additional Member System.

The report examines in detail the available options for changing the way that local councils are elected, assesses the effectiveness of the different systems and explores the issues surrounding the Government proposals for a new voting system for executive mayors.

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