Fixing the Boundaries: Defining and Redefining Single-member Electoral Districts

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Iain McLean, David Butler
Dartmouth Pub., 1996 - Political Science - 289 pages
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The British rules for drawing up parliamentary boundaries are slow, cumbersome and mutually contradictory. Increasing frustration with them has led a group of experts in the field to write this book. Its chapters describe what happened in the 1995 redistribution of seats and its predecessors; how redistricting is done in the other Anglo-Saxon democracies which also have single-member districts; and how the UK rules might be improved. The authors include public servants who run the systems in the UK, Australia and New Zealand; social statisticians from the UK Office of Population Consensus and Surveys; and well-known geographers, statisticians and political scientists from the UK and the USA. The book is particularly topical because the Home Secretary promised in the House of Commons in June 1995 that the rules would be reviewed. Redistricting rules in the USA are also increasingly controversial.

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