GIST: The discreet charm of the Single Transferable Vote

When:18 Oct 2011, 6pm - 7:30pm
Venue:Room 327 Robert Webster Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Dr Liam Weeks, Department of Government, University College Cork

GLOBAL IRISH STUDIES TALKS (GIST) 2011 Series

Dr Liam Weeks, Department of Government, University College Cork

The Single Transferable Vote might seem of interest only to political scientists and the anorak community, but is an increasingly important issue in real-world politics. While many aspects of Australia and Ireland’s shared heritage have been studied, one less-examined experience is their unusual fondness for preferential electoral systems, a predilection shared only by Malta. Electoral systems are important because some of their alleged consequences include corruption, weak governments, ‘parish-pump’ politics, and even the collapse of democratic regimes. This talk assesses the consequences of preferential voting in Ireland and Australia. Did the electoral system contribute to the Irish recession? Has it played a role in Australia escaping a similar fate? What changes, if any, would electoral reform engineer?

Dr Liam Weeks is a lecturer in politics at the Department of Government, University College Cork. He is currently a Visiting Academic Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney, where he is on a CARA IRCHSS postdoctoral fellowship, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the European Commission

Watch the lecture here on UNSWTV

Contact: Angela McLoughlin | T: 02 9385 7164 | E: irish@unsw.edu.au

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