Australia: The Alternative Vote in a Compliant Political Culture

David M. Farrell and Ian McAllister

in The Politics of Electoral Systems

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199257560
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603280 | DOI:
 Australia: The Alternative Vote in a Compliant Political Culture

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The history of Australian electoral systems shows a high degree of democratic experimentation. Australia employs the alternative vote to elect its lower house of parliament, and the single transferable vote to elect the upper house. In addition, the adoption of compulsory voting has consequences for the operation of those electoral systems. Political culture reflects a high degree of delegation by voters to political parties, and electoral reform is not high on the political agenda.

Keywords: alternative vote; single transferable vote; Australian politics; democratic experimentation; compulsory voting

Chapter.  8466 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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