Brothers all? The Operation of the Electoral College in the 2010 Labour Leadership Contest

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Abstract

This article analyses the wealth of data released by the Labour Party on its 2010 leadership election. We uncover the way in which the list of candidates was expanded via the initial nomination process in the parliamentary Labour Party and highlight the artificiality of some candidacies. We find little evidence in the voting data to support the belief that the Miliband brothers represented two sides of an ideological divide but highlight the profound importance of union nominations in the overall outcome. In the process, our analysis raises significant questions about the practical viability and normative desirability of the electoral college.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-731
Number of pages24
JournalParliamentary affairs
Volume66
Issue number4
Early online date4 Jun 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Labour Party

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