[EM] Smith, FPP fails Minimal Defense and Clone-Winner

Raph Frank raphfrk at gmail.com
Wed Mar 10 13:35:46 PST 2010

On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 9:24 PM, Juho <juho4880 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Another approach to systems between proportional representation and the
> two-party approach could be to have a proportional method but use districts
> with only very few representatives (2, 3,...). That would provide rough but
> in principle accurate proportionality and still give space only to few major
> parties. (Obviously my definition of full proportionality must be "with 1/n
> of the votes you will get one seat (where n = number of representatives)".)

You mean a hybrid of multi-constituency PR and party list PR, or just
PR at the district level?

If the legislature was elected using 2 seat constituencies, then
balance of power in the legislature would be decided by the few
districts where one or other party is near to 2/3 majority.

If both parties were roughtly 1/2 each, then most districts would end
up electing one from each party.

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