The Electoral System

John Curtice

in The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263198
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734755 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

The Electoral System

Show Summary Details


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

Chapter.  16155 words. 

Subjects: Politics

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at British Academy »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.