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Will social networking usher in an age of direct democracy and coalition politics?

Regardless of the outcome of May’s referendum on the alternative vote, our electoral system could be about to undergo a massive shift. Not because of the ambitions of politicians, nor those of campaigners, but because of something much more everyday: social networking.

Social networking is transforming the electorate. More Britons use social sites such as Facebook, Myspace and Bebo than voted in the last general election. LinkedIn, a professional networking service, has a larger membership…

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