The Single Transferable Vote and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

  title={The Single Transferable Vote and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland},
  author={H. Jarrett},
  pages={311 - 323}
  • H. Jarrett
  • Published 2016
  • Political Science
  • Representation
This article assesses the operational challenges faced by the non-sectarian Alliance Party of Northern Ireland and seeks to determine whether use of the PR-STV voting system has a negative electoral impact on the party. It argues that whilst PR-STV is favourable to small parties as it allows inter-party lower order preference votes (or transfers) to be cast, it is of limited benefit to Alliance. This is due to most unionist and nationalist party first preference voters making only intra-bloc… Expand
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