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The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century$
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Vernon Bogdanor

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263198

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.001.0001

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The Electoral System

The Electoral System

(p.483) 12. The Electoral System
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

John Curtice

British Academy

This chapter examines the changes in the electoral system in Great Britain during the twentieth century, focusing on elections to the House of Commons, and considers franchise, the translation of votes into seats, and the rules about campaigning. It describes the main features and the principal changes that occurred during the course of the twentieth century, and attempts to explain why the electoral system came to have the characteristics it did.

Keywords:   electoral system, Great Britain, House of Commons, campaigning, votes

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