4 thoughts on “Greece 2012b elections–open thread

  1. @JD, interesting suggestion – ie make it a reward for a majority rather than a plurality.

    Now that’s got me thinking, given the conjunction of the French and Greek elections… Have a presidential system with not only the president but the cabinet elected by majority vote (runoff, AV, Approval). The winning presidential slate gets, say, 25 voting seats in parliament for its 25 highest candidates. The second-highest gets, say, 5 voting seats. Rest of the parliament elected by a large-district proportional system.

    Alternatively you could allocate the largest party’s bonus (if you wanted one) by PR but with a threshold of, say, 25%. So a split of 41-35-24 would translate into 16-10-0 (ie 64%, 36%, 0%) for bonus-seat-allocation purposes. A more even split such as 39%-33%-28% would translate into 14-8-3 when dividing the bonus seats, ie 56-32-12. Although then you would have the Greek problem of deciding if and when an alliance of two or more lists is a single “party”.

  2. What is the Greek electoral system? See the following links:

    Comment by Espen from 2007 (when the bonus provision was still 40 seats rather than 50).

    Election Resources (Manuel Álvarez-Rivera).

    A thread on Greek party law, which includes background on why Syriza is now a “party” rather than the “Coalition” of the Radical Left, as it used to be. (Other specific comments in the thread that are specifically on this point: 1, 2, 3).

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