Alternatives to lists and quotas to reduce clientelism and offer the electorate more diverse voting options

Guest Post By Daniel Sullivan In this piece, I’m going to try to outline two of the problems in how the electoral system currently functions, coupled with some of  the practical realities that accompany them, and then suggest two forms of electoral change that would actually address those problems. These problems and from which almost…

Thank You.

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SHOULD IRISH EMIGRANTS RETAIN THEIR VOTING RIGHTS?

Guest post by Eleanor Fitzsimons (posted by Elaine Byrne) The prospect of a general election early in 2011 has seen the re-emergence of a contentious debate as to whether our sizable diaspora should be allowed to vote. Ireland is unusual in the fact that those not ‘ordinarily resident’, i.e. living in Ireland on 1 September…

Meteors, Dinosaurs and Political Reform

David Farrell (December 20, 2010) Political systems are very sticky. It takes a lot to uproot and alter them. This is why very few of the world’s established democracies have experienced the sort of radical reform that websites like this are calling for Ireland. The fact is that political systems are hard to change: once…