In the closing days of 2021, I braved the scorch of the blistering Australian summer sun, walking through the streets of a leafy Sydney suburb and dropping flyers into letterboxes for the Sutherland Shire Council...
Posted 07 Feb 2022
Many countries use a bicameral political system – meaning that they have two chambers in their parliament. These parliaments are comprised of a lower house where the government is formed and day-to-day politics is carried...
Posted 27 Jan 2022
With pressure mounting on Boris Johnson, it’s looking increasingly possible that Britain could well soon have a new Prime Minister. Who it would be, would be a decision for Conservative MPs and, possibly, Conservative party...
Posted 19 Jan 2022
There are some parties you come across where there is a total disconnect between the name and the party. Names that are so counter-intuitive or perplexing that you can only wonder why they haven’t changed...
Posted 10 Jan 2022
2022 is a big year for presidential elections in Europe – with the Italian, German and French presidencies all open over the next few months.
Posted 05 Jan 2022
Portugal is holding a snap election at the end of the month after parliament rejected the budget proposed by António Costa’s government last autumn.
Posted 04 Jan 2022
When choosing a proportional voting system, one of the most important decisions is the number of MPs each constituency elects – its ‘district magnitude.
Posted 26 Nov 2021
This Sunday (26th March), Germany goes to the polls to elect its national parliament – the Bundestag. With Angela Merkel stepping down as Chancellor after 16 years, this election will cause only the fifth change...
Posted 23 Sep 2021
Minority government on 32% of the vote is one thing, but it is another when it isn’t even the most popular minority that gets to be in charge.
Posted 22 Sep 2021
Like most European countries, Norway first adopted proportional representation in the early 20th century, with this October representing 100 years since Norwegians elected their first proportional parliament.
Posted 09 Sep 2021