Comment on David Sanders et al., 'Simulating the effects of the alternative vote in the 2010 UK general election'

David Hugh-Jones

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Sanders, Clarke, Stewart and Whiteley (2011) simulate the 2010 election under the Alternative Vote (AV). Their results show large gains for the Liberal Democrats. I alter their methodology to make the estimation of voters first preferences under AV more accurate. With this change, the Liberal Democrats gains are considerably smaller, on the order of 10 seats or less. Bootstrap estimation shows that a Lib-Lab majority coalition would probably not have been feasible under AV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-766
Number of pages4
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Issue number4
Early online date12 Jul 2011
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

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