An Analysis of How the Proposed Voting System Change Via Referendum for the House of Commons Is Perceived by the Electorate and How It Will Affect Democracy in the Uk

Topics: Democracy, Elections, Plurality voting system Pages: 44 (12744 words) Published: February 28, 2013
1) Politics Extended Dissertation Title Page

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"An analysis of how the proposed voting system change via referendum for the House of Commons is perceived by the electorate and how it will affect democracy in the UK"

Course- Politics with Law

Subject- LP3006 Extended Politics Dissertation

School of Study- Combined Honours

2) Abstract-

Candidate Number- 181102

Supervisor- Jörg Mathias

04/04/2010

Abstract

This paper provides a critical analysis upon the political effects of how the proposed voting system change in the UK from First Past the Post to Alternative vote are implemented and viewed with regards to the democratic position of the UK. This review will assess the perceptions of the electorate, as their mandate is the most critical stage within a political infrastructure in any democratic society. The essential notion of research nature within this project will be analysing the electorate’s viewpoints in relation to electoral reform through the voting system change, hence primary research will be conducted in order to gain a better grasp of understanding in connection with this to further enhance the thesis I shall be assessing secondary data that has already been processed via usage of third parties (sources). Any such arguments constructed in this thesis will be within a structured backbone containing an introduction, literature review, methodology, substantive chapters and an overall conclusion all of which will be relating back to the way in which the voting system change will actually affect democracy in the UK.

The UK does in fact have a referendum that is scheduled to be taking place on 05/05/2011 and as this is a current ongoing topic that will not be concluded until the result of this election I shall be cutting off my personal investigation in regards to this paper on the 20/04/2011, thus I shall not be scrutinising various platforms of media for any new current affairs to aid me in relation to this topic after this given date. Forthwith within the entire thesis I shall be looking at arguments and counter arguments in respect of how democracy may be altered due to the prospective results of the referendum and conclude with a brief analysis of other electoral systems that exist in order to portray this thesis within a wider context.

3) Table of Contents

1) Title Page...........................................................1

2) Abstract.............................................................2

3) Table of Contents..............................................3

4) Introduction......................................................4-8

5) Research Methodology.....................................9-11

6) Literature Review..............................................12

7) Substantive Chapters........................................13

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7.2......................................................................

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7.4......................................................................

7.5......................................................................

7.6......................................................................39

8) Conclusion.........................................................40-42

9) Bibliography......................................................42-46

4.1- Preface and background of Thesis

In ancient Greece ‘Demos-Kratus’ translated into English is ‘Democracy’, where ‘Demos’ means people and ‘Kratos’ means power[i], thus it is firmly established that Democracy can perfectly be defined as ‘Power of the People’. Abraham Lincoln's phrase has become famously supported as a definition - democracy is a government “of the people, by the people and for the...

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