>Slovenia: Knickers to PR


Romanian and Bulgarian electoral reform not exciting enough for you? Are you, like me, getting a bit bored with that McCain-Obama thing in… er what’s that country called again , – and gearing up for Slovenia’s forthcoming parliamentary poll? If so, you’ll certainly like the detailed explanation of Slovenia’s open-list PR electoral system, which seem to have echoes of the Finnish and Estonian systems, in Sleeping With Pengovsky. Though not too lively at first glance – bare breasts and women’s knickers on the title banner, my just eyes glazed over – once you get into it and there’s plenty of plenty of interesting stuff on Slovene politics for political scientists to gawp at.

2 Responses to “>Slovenia: Knickers to PR”

  1. MSS 16 September 2008 at 11:22 pm #

    >It is not an open-list system. I would not know what to call it, but while candidates are in competition with one another (as in open lists) they are not in competition over the same pool of voters. Rather, they are nominated in “nominating districts” which are really sub-divisions of the larger multi-seat districts. (These are what the item linked in the post above refers to as 88 “precincts”.) They win according to their relative success within their nominating districts (as is explained, though not necessarily clearly–maybe that is not possible!–at the linked page).The most similar system would be that of Denmark (though parties have the option of presenting regular open lists there, as well as some other arrangements).I have written about the similar Danish system, with some discussion also of Slovenia, at F&V. (Or, really, one of my loyal readers wrote the best part of it.)

  2. Sean Hanley 17 September 2008 at 9:03 am #

    >Thanks – I stand (well, sit) corrected. I didn’t really know what to call it either.

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