Our Worst Preference: Reforming the Electoral System

Our Worst Preference: Reforming the Electoral System

by Brendan Halligan

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This work draws mainly from papers and an article written by Politician and Economist Brendan Halligan on Ireland's Single Transferable Vote system (STV), spanning some 30 years. Each chapter examines how the Irish system of Proportional Representation (PR), the Single Transferable Vote, is riddled with defects and is the main cause of a dysfunctional political system. Reform of the Irish political system, and of the electoral system in particular, has been a life-long preoccupation for the author.

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ISBN-13: 9780992794811
Publisher: Scáthán Press
Publication date: 08/19/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 142
File size: 89 KB

About the Author

Economist, politician, public affairs consultant and academic, Brendan Halligan has extensive experience both in the Irish private and public sectors, in Irish politics, and as an activist in the European arena. He is the founder and current Chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) a leading European think tank on European and International affairs. A former Labour Party politician, he was General Secretary of the Irish Labour Party from 1968 to 1980. He was appointed to the Irish Senate in 1973 and won a by-election to the Dáil in 1976, later becoming an MEP. During his career in the Labour Party Head Office he acted as Director of Elections in two general elections and he has written extensively on the need for political and economic reform in Ireland, with particular reference to the Electoral system.

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