Electoral modernisation or elite statecraft: Electoral administration in the United Kingdom 1997–2007

  title={Electoral modernisation or elite statecraft: Electoral administration in the United Kingdom 1997–2007},
  author={Toby S James},
  journal={British Politics},
Since coming to power in 1997 New Labour has introduced an enormous number of constitutional changes. Yet one aspect of change that has been frequently overlooked are those made to electoral administration, which had previously been largely unaltered since the 1918 Representation of the People Act. This article outlines the changes made, seeks to explain the forces behind these changes and offers a theoretical model capable of explaining these and other broader constitutional reforms. It argues… Expand
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