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They're both broken. I happen to prefer PR personally, because that's what I'm used to.

Oh, and if the Brits used PR the Tories would never be in government, which sounds like a recommendation to me. I could live with Lib Dem - Labour coalitions.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Sep 19th, 2005 at 02:46:53 PM EST
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1.  The substitute for the PR is that there are competing ideologies within each party, trying to sway the party to one or another direction.

(a) The liberals generally dominate the Dem Party, but there are centrist who so far have been unsuccessful in taking the power away;
(b) The conservatives generally dominate the Rep Party, but there are centrist who so far have been unsuccessful in taking the power away;

2.  (a) Some libertarians abandon the Libertarian Party and join the Republicans to change the party

(b) Some Greens abandon the Green party and join the Democrats to change the party

3.  Or if they stay in the party, the Lib or the Green swing the results in close elections.

So there are different ways to influence the politics, but its much harder for the small parties in the USA than in Europe.  

Winner-takes-all system is prohibitive in that respect.

4.  There is also a problem of gerrymandering  which is another topic, but very important in the US politics. For example, in 2004, none of the seats in the California congressional (federal), and California State Senate and California State Assembly changed hands.  The Dems and the Rep got together in a backroom deal and designed their own safe districts, and each party gets elected in its own safe seat without any competition.  Sad. Travesty. Tragic. Comical.

by ilg37c on Tue Sep 20th, 2005 at 12:12:57 AM EST
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