Electoral Reform

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Asian American Activism Stirring: Against The Current vol. 91
Kurashige, Scott
For a brief but wonderful moment in 2000, the Ralph Nader/Winona LaDuke Presidential campaign drew widespread public attention to its central theme of restoring democracy by challenging corporate powe...
A Blueprint for a New Party: With the rise of Donald Trump, we need to think seriously about what it would take to form a democratic organization rooted in working class
Ackerman, Seth
A proposal for a national political organization that would have chapters at the state and local levels, a binding program, a leadership accountable to its members, and electoral candidates nominated ...
Canada: Activists Face the Future: Against The Current vol. 91
Moorsom, Toby
Electoral politics present challenging problems for labor movements all over the world. In the absence of strong working class parties, labor activists are often compelled to support parties that impl...
Canada's Distorted Electoral System
Diemer, Ulli
Canada's electoral system is undemocratic
Canada's prime minister wants to make it harder for people to vote against him
Konrad, Caroline
Stephen Harper, who won by an uncomfortably small margin in the last election, has passed laws designed to keep voters who oppose him from the polls.
The Caribbean Left's Legacy: Against The Current vol. 112
Abraham, Sara
Sara Abraham interviews Eusi Kwayana of The Working People's Alliance (WPA) in Guyana. The WPA continued to organize and build its ranks through a democratic socialist multi racial agenda, but has con...
A Citizen Legislature
Callenbach, Ernest; Phillips, Michael
Arguing from the premise that the present electoral system is unrepresentative and promotes corruption, the authors propose going back to the Athenian system of choosing representatives: by lottery.
Electoral Reform: Do the right thing
Tatchell, Peter
The Chartist goal of a representative parliament and majority govermment is still sadly unrealised.
Electoral reform will give us a voice
Wainwright, Hilary
The democratic case for electoral reform is fundamental, and to attack it as somehow a 'right wing' issue is a betrayal of the radical democratic tradition.
The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
Imagine Democracy
Rebick, Judy
Rebick calls for the transformation of fundamental institutions in Canada: the economy, the media and the electoral system.
Kenya's Opposition Party: Against The Current vol. 133
Ngugi, Mukoma Wa
That the elections in Kenya were rigged is no longer in question. And for most people that the culprit is the sitting president, sworn in so quickly that the ceremony has been jokingly likened to a li...
Korea: The Elections and Sexual Violence: Against The Current vol. 87
Murphy, Terry
In the April 13 South Korean parliamentary elections, the closest the Democratic Labor Party came to victory was in the Hyundai company town of Ulsan. Their candidate was defeated by a small margin (4...
The Left and the Elections: Against The Current vol. 110
Phelps, Christopher; Luce, Stephanie; Brenner, Johanna
Two electoral paths will be taken by those left of center this year, and all the spilled ink in the world won't affect the choices.
Nader, Greens and Socialists: Against The Current vol. 91
Hawkins, Howie
Blaming Ralph Nader for Bush is like blaming the abolitionists for slavery. The Greens ran Nader to end corporate oligarchy, not to support one wing of the oligarchy as a lesser evil against the other...
The Next Step
Luxemburg, Rosa
A decision must be made as to whether German Social Democracy, which is supported by the strongest trade-union organization and the greatest army of voters in the world, can bring about a mass action ...
The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke
Macpherson, C.B.
A fundamental reinterpretation of political theory from Hobbes to Locke which emphasizes the role of liberal political theory in justifying the appropriation of property to private ownership.
Proportional Representation: The Urgency of Real Reform
Meyer, Gerald
The introduction of an electoral system based on proportional representation would allow the left to be represented in government, because it allows for representation without requiring a majority vot...
Suffrage (Voting Rights): Connexipedia Article
The civil right to vote, or the exercise of that right.
Thieving Sons of Bushes: Against The Current vol. 91
Miah, Malik
“Never Trust a Son of Bush” was one of many signs at George W. Bush's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20. Some 25,000 marched in Washington and 15,000 rallied in San Francisco...
Update on Pakistan: After the "Emergency": Against The Current vol. 132
Tariq, Farooq
General Pervez Musharraf has “taken off the uniform” and lifted the emergency as of December 15th. But Labour Party Pakistan rejects the Musharraf’s claim that the emergency is lifted. It is “lifted” ...
What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the Aftermath of Free Trade
Diemer, Ulli
We have the potential to create a social movement in this country that goes beyond single-issue organizing to work toward an integrated vision of a more just and caring society.

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Common Cause
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected l...
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Fair Vote Canada
Representing over 55,000 Canadians, Fair Vote Canada is a grassroots, multi-partisan citizens' campaign for voting reform. We promote the introduction of an element of proportional representation into elections for all levels of g...
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and...

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Fair Vote Canada - Home
A multi-partisan citizens' campaign for voting system reform. Canadians from all points on the political spectrum, all regions and all walks of life are joining FVC to demand a fair voting system - a ...