Independent Success in Mayoral Elections in England: A Study of the Factors Contributing to the Candidates Success (Hardback)Kazuaki Nagatomi (author)
Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 01/01/2013
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This is a study on electoral politics which reveals how independent local candidates stand a better chance of being elected by looking at successful campaigns in England. Mayoral elections started in England a decade ago, beginning with the 2000 London Mayoral election. They have produced an extraordinarily high proportion of independent winners, in contrast to Parliamentary and local council elections where there are usually small numbers of successful independent candidates. Was the success of independents at the local level accidental? Or can we learn something from this process? This question is the book's point of departure. In the United Kingdom previously local elections tended more towards parliamentary processes, and the newly emergent election process where mayors are freely elected allows the people to vote based on their predilections rather than being hand-picked by parliamentary procedures. This research applies to the theory of second order elections and the voting criteria compared with national elections. This research tends to focus on theories of divided government, and talks about how local elections are candidate oriented rather than party oriented, at least with respect to mayors in contrast to the legislative elections.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 216
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