Increasingly ‘Irrational’ Party Systems: Evidence that There Are Increasingly More Than Two at the District level

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    Abstract

    Recent work has noted an increase in the number of parties at the national level in both proportional and majoritarian electoral systems. While the conventional wisdom maintains that the incentives provided by the electoral system will prevent the number of parties at the district level from exceeding two in majoritarian systems, the evidence presented here demonstrates otherwise. I argue that this has occurred because the number of cleavages articulated by parties has increased as several third parties have begun articulating cleavages that are not well represented by the two larger parties.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)506-525
    Number of pages20
    JournalGovernment and Opposition
    Volume48
    Issue number4
    Early online date26 Mar 2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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