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I don't think that the issue is the "extraordinarily populist electoral system" - for example, Denmark also has a system of multi-seat constituencies where voters can choose between a number of candidates from the same party. Malta also uses STV for its parliamentary elections and there are virtually no transfers between candidates of different parties.

As regards electing 50% of TDs from a party list as in Germany, that sort of system can be manipulated by a combination of the largest party and a small party. The largest party takes most of the constituency seats and the smaller party's list vote is inflated by supporters of the largest party. You could not devise a combination of parties more able to manipulate such a system than FF and the PDs.

If you want to encourage party solidarity in elections, it might be worth trying a simple reform of the ballot paper to list candidates in party sequence rather than by surname.

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I gotta hand it to whoever wrote this, you've really kept me updated! Now, let's just hope that I can come across another blog just as interesting :)

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