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Response to Donald Ian Rankin (Reply #30)

Sun May 26, 2013, 04:09 PM

59. Two party systems are also unstable

 

Most local governments are run by one or the other party. When the dominant party screws up, it is usually punished by an internecine revolt within the party leadership nomination process or by primary challenges, and only rarely by an electoral sucess by the minor party.

Successful politicians either work their way up the existing patronage system or lead a successful internal challenge. Only rarely does a politician emerge by running a successful campaign in the other party's territory. Instead, candidates move to a place where they can run with a registration advantage.

State governments are more and more locked in by one of the two parties.

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