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

Juho juho4880 at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Dec 18 23:12:42 PST 2007

On Dec 19, 2007, at 3:51 , Kevin Venzke wrote:

> 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.

I agree that "populism"/"demagogism" is more evenly spread between  
party-based and non-party-based political systems (than what  
impression putting that attribute only on one side gave). There are  
also typically "populist"/"demagogic" parties, at least typically in  
the multi-party systems.

One more observation that I forgot from the list is:

No parties
- numerous candidates (unstructured mass) to wade through in order to  
pick the best of them


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