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Redistricting Local Governments in England: Rules, Procedures and Electoral Outcomes

Rallings, Colin, Thrasher, Michael, Johnston, Ron and Downe, James Daniel 2004. Redistricting Local Governments in England: Rules, Procedures and Electoral Outcomes. State Politics and Policy Quarterly 4 (4) , pp. 470-490. 10.1177/153244000400400407

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The Commission-based process of local government electoral redistricting in England seeks to balance the tensions between both neutral and party political and mathematic and organic approaches to boundary drawing. We evaluate the success of this process by assessing the impact of redistricting on electoral equality and the strength of the political parties in each local authority. On one hand, the Commission appears to be effective in achieving vote equality by reducing the variability between electoral units in the ratio of electors to councillors. On the other hand, the way that submissions are made to the Commission, together with aspects of social and electoral geography over which it has no influence, can allow one party to receive more electoral benefit than another from redistricting.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1532-4400
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:22

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