Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alistair Clark
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The 2012 round of Scottish local elections, held as a stand-alone contest, under STV provides a clearer indication of how STV has impacted on political behaviour than the previous round in 2007 which was held concurrently with elections to the Scottish parliament. Utilising aggregate ward-level data, this article presents a preliminary analysis of how parties and voters have adapted to the new system. It finds that voters have adapted well to STV, and that party loyalties remain important under the new system even if voters have considerably more choice.
Author(s): Clark A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Print publication date: 29/11/2012
ISSN (print): 0034-4893
ISSN (electronic): 1749-4001
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