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Unformatted text preview: February 13 Key terms: single-member district system proportional representation party voting cohesion class bias in voter turnout direct primary Jim Nicholson American Political Parties 1. The two-party pattern proportional representation = most democracies have this. In general, seats are proportionate to the popular vote. big business, small business, farmers, students, and surfers... each category always commands 20% of the vote. So there's no reason to form a coalition. single-member district system = divide the country into districts. Each district sends one representative to Congress. Also: Senate. At the presidential level, the country is also a single-member district system: one president. same categories. but big business and small business 40%. students and surfers account for another 40%. and the middle category is split. Proportional representation causes politicians to think in a way to create a multiple-party system. The single-member district system, on the other hand, causes them to think in a way to create a TWO-party...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2009 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Spring '07