Can the Boundary Commissions Help the Conservative Party? Constituency Size and Electoral Bias in the United Kingdom

Ron Johnston, Iain McLean, Charles Pattie, David Rossitor

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Abstract

As part of a strategy to remove perceived biases operating against it in the system used for elections to the House of Commons, the British Conservative party is promoting a revision of the rules used by the Boundary Commissions to ensure greater equality in constituency electorates. A Bill designed to achieve this—and also to reduce the size of the House—was introduced to the House of Lords in 2007. This paper critiques that Bill and suggests an alternative formulation that would better achieve the goal, whilst identifying a number of operational difficulties that its implementation would involve.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-494
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Volume80
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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