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Aug 23

The Explainer: Voting in a Parliamentary System Sources

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance has some glorious charts as well as maps in a Powerpoint presentation that we used. Read their introduction on electoral system design.

See also this map of voting systems of the world.

Discussions on different electoral systems and voting systems (particularly First Pass The Post and Proportional Representation, and Party List, as discussed on the show) can be found in:

Electoral Reform Society, and here and here.

The Library of Parliament of Canada also has a clear report on electoral systems.

The Independent Commission on the Voting System in the UK, reports on how even well-established parliamentary systems need to periodically reflect on how truly representative and accountable their voting process is. Also see Canadian Electoral Reform.

I pointed out this blog entry by Blurry Brain, which in turn pointed to an article in The Financial Times: Sue Cameron’s Leadership deals that demean democracy (registration required).

See also Dr. Jose Abueva’s primer on the changes proposed for the party system (2 party system, representation in official bodies for them, state funding of parties, etc.).

The show focused on the implications of such proposals. For other views on similar questions, refer to the following.

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It’s worth considering that Italy is considering adopting features of the presidential system. So is India, which has been under the parliamantary system for over half a century. This paper, Presidential and Parliamentary Systems in Government: Recent Trends in World Democracies , a report by T. Rajavardhan, makes for interesting reading (click thumbnail to download).

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For an academic discussion of how cabinets under the presidential and parliamentary systems work, in terms of how decisions are made, take a look at Jean Blondel and Nick Manning’s Why Should Ministers do As They Say? ‘Full’ and “Partial’ Cabinet Decision-making Structures in Government. (click thumbnail to download).

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How do political institutions affect economies? Guido Tabellini discusses the question, based on some what ifs -what if presidential Argentina turned parliamentary, or the USA were to adopt proportional representation instead of the majoritarian system it’s had, what would be the economic effects? The summary of his conclusions are interesting (click thumbnail to download).

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2 comments

  1. justice league

    Chairman Abueva likes to talk about Coalitions. But I’ve already told you that in the long run there will be no coalitions.

    Not that the 2 party system is totally bad but that the Concom’s revision are inter related from the 2 party system, strengthening of political parties, no confidence vote for the Prime Minister, etc. that many pertinent proposals are a bad mixture not even fit for pigs.

    Chairman Abueva likes to talk of “acountability”. Yet it was the minority group of the ConCom that was brave enough to propose extending the power of recall beyond local officials; proposing to cover also legislators and even the Chief Executive.

    And with the present accountability of members of the House and local officials exercised by having elections every 3 years, shouldn’t the proposal to have elections every 5 years instead be considered a demotion of our ability to hold these officials accountable?

  2. kediri kaniska

    i think it is better for this country reawaken the nationalism of its especially the 1986 generation must of the youth of this generation has degenarated in to maniacs that is only there consideration is to lust at those pornograhic websites.Must have become materialistic individuals lacking the seal christian values.the catholic church should look at degenerate state of there schools in the provinces and adressed the needs of these schools especially in funding, laboratory facilities and quality teachers.example:la milagrosa academy, calbayog city samar owned by diocese of calbayog city.the catholic church should immediately adressed this needs if they do not want to be the destroyers of the future of the pilipino youth. the church must focus on this pressing problem first before politics.if our country becomes parliamentary and both the state the economy and politics well be the same this wiill cause the collapse of this country all the political goups in this country will pay with there blood.

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