Thursday, February 12, 2009

Israel: another argument against party lists

"Make Votes Count" explains why the Israeli system leads to governmental constipation.


Costigan Quist said...

The ability to kick out an elected representative is critical for a good system.

List systems (including the one we use for Euro election) fail dismally. First-Past-the-Post is little better, with its many safe seats. STV, or something like it, seems to be the best option.

Frank Little said...

I couldn't agree more. It works in Ireland, so why not here?

Another feature of the Israeli system makes forming governments difficult: the low "threshold". Thus some very minority views have at least one representative in the Knesset.