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Traditional thinking aligns economic growth with happiness. Conclusion: we’re in for a long dose of unhappiness. But the outlook for Britain need not be depressing. If governments, organisations and individuals responded with a new way of thinking, it would boost happiness and well-being.
This new research note surveys existing work on the subject to show that the Alternative Vote system would create far more problems than it has a hope of solving.
This report tests the Alternative Vote in six key areas: proportionality; safe seats; decisive results; wasted votes; tactical voting and MPs being elected on less than 50% of the vote and finds that in only one (the latter) does it constitute an improvement over First Past the Post.
Latest Government & Politics Blogs
Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — reflects on the way in which the escalating rate of VC pay seems neatly emblematic of the pressing questions the Higher Education sector is facing. Policy Exchange is currently undertaking work on this topic, with a report due out in the autumn to coincide with the start of the new academic year.
Dr Graham Gudgin – Policy Exchange’s Chief Economic Adviser, former Director of the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre, and Special Advisor to the Northern Ireland First Minister from 1998-2002 – examines the deal signed this week between the Conservative Government and the DUP, and argues that Scottish nationalist criticism of extra spending in Northern Ireland is hypocritical and misplaced.
John Blake — Policy Exchange’s Head of Education and Social Reform, a self-proclaimed Corbynsceptic – considers the remarkable success of Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 general election, exploring the ingredients which made up Jeremy’s “marvellous medicine”.
Latest Government & Politics News
Philip Johnston, writes for The Daily Telegraph on judges making political decisions and the work of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project.
The Spectator’s Isabel Hardman covers Policy Exchange’s event with John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. The Speaker set out his thoughts on how PMQs could be improved (beyond better behaviour from MPs), including a longer session and a mix of open and substantive questions from MPs.
Latest Government & Politics Events
Conservative Conference 2015 | Brains before brawn: Should cities have to be smart before they are given more powers?
With Lord Holmes of Richmond; Russell Howarth, Nominet; Jonn Elledge, CityMetric; Gavin Starks, Open Data Institute; and Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange.
With Chi Onwurah MP; Hetan Shah, Royal Statistical Society; Emma Carr, Big Brother Watch; Martin Tisné, Omidyar Network; Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange.
With Ivan Lewis MP; Kru Desai, KPMG; Simon Parker, New Local Government Network; Professor Tony Travers, LSE; and Steve Hughes, Policy Exchange.