Conor McGarrigle on Wed, 23 Feb 2000 01:56:29 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Re: binary political landscape

>On the other hand, it does appear that in Europe, the dual party system
>has dissolved.  I don't see that happening in the US, due to the way
>outside (non-corporate) political organizations -- the Granger movement,
>labor unions (esp. the IWW), the Communist Party, the civil rights
>movement -- have been broken apart through absorbtion and / or active

What breaks down a two party political system is a proportional
representative system
of voting. Most European countries have a variant of PR. Countries that have
a first past the post system ( like Britian) still have a two party system.
PR  is generally seen to be a fairer system that gives more representation
to minority parties.

Conor McGarrigle

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