[Election-Methods] RE : Re: Primary Elections using a "Top 2/Single Transferable Voting Method"

Juho juho4880 at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Dec 18 14:26:53 PST 2007

My use of term "populism" is maybe not quite proper English. The  
intention is to refer to behaviour where the politician expresses  
views that easily get the support of large (maybe not so educated/ 
knowledgeable) masses (but are not typically that much appreciated by  
the best experts / responsible leaders). Typical extreme themes might  
be e.g. "if I'll be elected the taxes of low and mid class will be  
cut to half", "if I'll be elected there will be no more unemployment  
in 6 months".

What would be a good term for this kind of political behaviour  
(benefiting of popular but not so sensible themes)?


On Dec 18, 2007, at 22:41 , Jonathan Lundell wrote:

> On Dec 18, 2007, at 10:58 AM, Juho wrote:
>> No parties
>> + less hidden cabinet decisions
>> + free opinions
>> + also minority opinions present
>> +/- less group power (coordinated voting according to majority
>> opinion of the party)
>> - more populism
>> - candidates may tell different stories to different potential voters
>> - different stories in different elections
> + more populism
> To quote my local dictionary (Oxford American),
> populist
> a member or adherent of a political party seeking to represent the  
> interests of ordinary people.
> • a person who holds, or who is concerned with, the views of  
> ordinary people.
> • ( Populist) a member of the Populist Party, a U.S. political  
> party formed in 1891 that advocated the interests of labor and  
> farmers, free coinage of silver, a graduated income tax, and  
> government control of monopolies.

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