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Insights into #GE2015: Presentation by Professor Ed Fieldhouse

The British Election Study Team

This week  BES Co-Director Professor Ed Fieldhouse spoke to an ESRC sponsored ‘Chalk and Talk’  event at the Social Market Foundation, London, in which he explored the decline of our two party system. Electoral theory expects proportional systems to enhance smaller party voting and majoritarian electoral systems to reduce it. Yet under Britian’s First Past The Post system, 21.1% of voters chose UKIP, the SNP and The Greens. In that context, he looked at:

  • The coalition government and polls showing the strong prospect of another hung parliament
  • The collapse of the Liberal Democrats
  • The spill over effects of the referendum in Scotland

To see his presentation, click the link below