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Elections, Parties, and the Party System Canada’s Electoral System Alternative Electoral Systems
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Elections, Parties, and the Party System What is an Electoral System? Electoral System : the rules governing the translation of votes into parliamentary seats Modern elections are primarily contested by political parties Political Party : a publicly (i.e., visibly) organized group of people motivated by a set of common political ideas who try to win public office to translate those ideas into policies
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Elections, Parties, and the Party System Representative Democracy as a Chain of Delegation Strom (2000): representative democracy as a chain of delegation of power from voters to Parliament to Cabinet Conventions of Responsible Government speak primarily to nature of the Parliament – Cabinet link in this relationship Voters Parliament & MPs Cabinet
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Elections, Parties, and the Party System 1. a) MPs compete as members of disciplined parties b) Parties issue manifestos (platforms) that MPs support c) d) That party’s MPs provide cabinet w. confidence e) At next election, the voters judge governing party’s record against its pledges 1. Rep-by-pop
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Elections, Parties, and the Party System Note key idea of mandate view of parliamentar Government & elections: clear lines of accountability Consistent with underlying logic of responsible government But it’s not the only defensible or desirable justification of elections – government linkage
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Elections, Parties, and the Party System Representative Democracy as a Chain of Delegation Strom (2000): representative democracy as a chain of delegation of power
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