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Geography and the Irish Electoral System

A. J. Parker


The electoral system of the Republic of Ireland. Proportional Representation using the Single Transferable Vote (PR-STV), is probably the one which offers the greatest research opportunities of a geographical nature. This paper briefly places electoral geography and PR-STV in context and concentrates on providing an overview and illustrations of the geographical influences at work in the Irish electoral system. These include consideration of constituency delimitation, nomination strategies, voter management, ecological approaches, localism, bailiwicks, the friends and neighbours model and the geography of transfers

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