[EM] Re: Duverger's law and British elections
nkklrp at hotmail.com
Fri May 6 22:37:46 PDT 2005
Does anybody know why Duverger's Law has been so stubbornly resisted in
Britain for 80+ years? I'd be genuinely curious to know.
At least partly because Britain is a parliamentary system. People know that
the Parliamentary seat they're voting for isn't everything to the govt, as
our presidency is.
Yes, Congressional seats are even less all-important, because Congress
doesn't choose the executive. But our directly-elected father-figure greatly
strengthens Duverger's law here. That and our greater isolation, which makes
people more inclined to believe in "the two choices" offered to them by
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