‘Yes, the census’: The 2011 UK Referendum campaign on the Alternative Vote

  title={‘Yes, the census’: The 2011 UK Referendum campaign on the Alternative Vote},
  author={David Seawright},
  journal={British Politics},
  • D. Seawright
  • Published 16 September 2013
  • Political Science, History
  • British Politics
For the Liberal Democrats, the debacle that was the AV Referendum campaign engendered demands from within the party for an official investigation into what was termed a ‘living nightmare’. However, utilising LeDuc’s conceptual map of the elements involved in a referendum campaign, in particular the role of the official groups, political parties, their leaders and the media, this article examines the AV Referendum campaign of 2011 and demonstrates that it was always likely that such a campaign… 

Les mutations du parti libéral-libéral-démocrate vers la (re)conquête du pouvoir (1976-2015)

Ce travail de recherche est consacre au parti liberal-liberal-democrate et aux transformations organisationnelles que ses leaders successifs ont mises en oeuvre entre 1976 et 2015 pour (re)conquerir

Rethinking Majoritarian Modification: Toward an Explanatory Theory of Electoral System Reform in Canada, the U.K., and New Zealand

Traditional theories of electoral reform have focused on the outcomes of reform as a way of explaining the rational-strategic actions of political elites. Recently, the literature has moved from an



Context, elites, media and public opinion in referendums: Why campaigns really matter

Direct democracy is popular. Across the world referendums and citizen initiatives are an increasingly important means of enacting or preventing legislation. This book argues and demonstrates why

Britain Says NO: Voting in the AV Ballot Referendum

The purpose of this paper is to explain why voters made the choices that they did in Britains Alternative Vote (AV) referendum on 5 May 2011. The paper utilises four alternative theoretical models to

Voting on Electoral Reform: A Comparative Perspective on the Alternative Vote Referendum in the United Kingdom

Referendums on electoral systems are relatively rare. In most countries changes to the electoral system are enacted through the legislatures. The British referendum in May 2011 is thus one of the

The dynamics of referendum campaigns : an international perspective

Context, Elites, Media and Public Opinion in Referendums: When Campaigns Really Matter C.de Vreese Opinion Formation and Change in Referendum Campaigns L.LeDuc PART 1: THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTEXT AND

Opinion Formation and Change in Referendum Campaigns

The referendums on the European Constitutional Treaty which took place in Spain, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 2005 provided scholars with a unique opportunity to examine more closely the

Referendums and Elections: How Do Campaigns Differ?

Campaigns are as important in determining referendum outcomes as they are in elections, perhaps even more important. Between the time that a referendum is called and the day that the result is

The Conservative Election Campaign

Well before the constituency declarations were complete for the 2010 general election, the Conservative Party realised that it had not done enough in order to govern alone. In effect the party came

Political Campaigning in Referendums: Framing the Referendum Issue

Part One: The Importance of Information in Referendums 1. The Dynamics of a Referendum Campaign 2. The Context of the Campaign Part Two: The Political Parties' Campaigns 3. The Yes and No Camps Part

22 days in May : the birth of the Lib Dem-Conservative coaltion

David Laws was one of the key Lib Dem MPs who negotiated the coalition deal, and the book includes his in-depth, behind the scenes, account of the talks with the Conservative and Labour teams after

The British General Election of 2010

Foreword by David Butler Preface 1. The Election That Never Was: 2007 2. Recession, Scandal and War: The Political Context 3. From Blair to Brown: Labour 4. A Coup of Chums: The Conservatives 5.