Electoral systems in divided societies

Electoral systems in divided societies

The Fiji constitution

Edited by: Brij V. Lal, Peter Larmour

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Elections can increase tension in ethnically divided societies, like Fiji. The way constituencies are drawn and votes counted can also affect the result. First-past-the post can deliver lopsided results, while proportional representation may give excessive influence to small, fringe parties. Fiji’s Constitution Review Commission believed a system of alternative voting in ethnically mixed constituencies would encourage politicians, and parties, to take into account the interests of other ethnic groups. This book assesses their recommendations, looks at alternatives, and considers how they might work in Fiji.

This work, originally published by Asia Pacific Press, is reproduced here in the interests of maintaining open access to high-quality academic works no longer in print.

Details

ISBN (print):
9781922144508
ISBN (online):
9781922144515
Publication date:
Dec 2012
Note:
First published by Asia Pacific Press
Imprint:
ANU Press
DOI:
http://doi.org/10.22459/ESDS.12.2012
Disciplines:
Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies
Countries:
Pacific: Fiji

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