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What's so great about "the center"?

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Mon Sep 19th, 2005 at 02:34:45 PM EST
Well, one thing is that it's where most people are "ok" even if not completely happy. What's so great about a system where you have two giant parties split 45:45, handing control of government to a radical party that just happens to have enough votes to carry control?
by asdf on Mon Sep 19th, 2005 at 03:55:05 PM EST
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Which system is that?

No party with 45% of the vote is going to "hand over control" to a lesser party (in your example, maximum 10%) with which it may form a coalition.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Sep 19th, 2005 at 04:06:38 PM EST
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There are all sorts of options there: if the radical party is onerous enough there may be agreements made to work around the problem. Generally a minority government. Not stable for a long time, but there you go.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Sep 19th, 2005 at 04:11:22 PM EST
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Egon Bahr suggested that.
by mimi on Mon Sep 19th, 2005 at 04:17:25 PM EST
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