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The power of internals depends on the form of PR: the Irish use multi-seat constituencies with no lists, so each local area elects 4 or 5 representatives directly.

Of course, this way you get independents being elected on local issues who then proceed to have disproportionate power.

Democracy: the worst system of governance except for all the rest.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Sep 19th, 2005 at 02:49:13 PM EST
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