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Unformatted text preview: o The bulk of seats in parliament are held by only two major parties, who essentially take turns governing o However, the two major parties are generally located toward the center, but on opposite sides; i.e. there is generally one center-left and one center-right party-Consensus: Multiparty System o More than two parties o No party comes close to being a majority party (i.e. receives 50%+ of votes) o More ideologically extreme parties can be successful o But: fairly small number of parties usually captures the vast majority of votes. 9/19/07-Majoritarian: Winner takes all o Votes are not translated proportionally into parliamentary seats. o Electoral rules favor Large parties Government parties-Consensus: Proportional representation electoral systems. o Votes are translated proportionally into parliamentary seats o Electoral rules do not favor either large or government parties...
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