The Effects Of Partisan Competition On The National Election System

1131 Words Dec 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Independents just to sell newspapers or airtime. But, there is an impact that might not be measurable. Putting aside the impact as a third party in the general elections. Modern elections are a fixed two party polarized contest. But, the Independents bring a crucial ingredient to American democracy. That is real competition to the race each and every time. Partisan competition is a fundamental staple of the American election system. V.O Key’s Southern Politics in State and Nation argued the South’s was region consisted of an issueless, faction-filled and undemocratic political environment (Barrilleaux 1986, 882). So, today we have two very polarized defined parties that voters claim to choose the lesser of the two more often than ever before. It has become issueless, faction-filled and undemocratic with two parties. Charles Barrilleaux found the social, economic and cultural diversity of voting, increases voter participation and level of partisan competition. It is the Independent that fuels this involvement. When the two party candidates are chosen, issues are rarely mentioned. But when a third party candidate employs the Independents to come to life and change the campaign. Engaging issue rich in elections only increases every one’s competitiveness. Looking back at the 1992 Presidential Elections, Ross Perot forced the Democratic choice of William Clinton to a third place status (Jones 2008, 46). Sixty percent of the Independents were supporting Ross Perot’s issue driven…

Related Documents