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

Kevin Venzke stepjak at yahoo.fr
Tue Dec 18 17:51:56 PST 2007


--- Juho <juho4880 at yahoo.co.uk> a écrit :
> 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)?

That's already exactly what comes to my mind when you say "populism."

If a lack of parties really did lead to an explosion of populism, I think
on the whole that would be a bad thing.

I don't think that would happen though. I don't see parties (or stronger
party discipline) as likely to moderate candidates. Just the opposite
actually. I don't think that, if candidates were free to advocate whatever
they wanted, it would actually be a viable strategy most of the time to run
on a "populist" platform.

Kevin Venzke

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