The Lack of Competition for House Seats

Yet another reminder of the pathologies of American institutions.

Fixing the Primary Problem

Could Alaska point the way to a solution?

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Q&A Time

Hopefully answering a reader question (but probably just making it all worse).

Multiparty Presidentialism

No, presidentialism does not lock us into two parties.

America’s Four Parties

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans truly represent most Americans. Fixing that is exceedingly unlikely.

Elections with Foregone Conclusions

Greatest democracy in the world, right?

On the Number of Parties, Part 3: More Sophisticated Counting

The effective number of parties.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 2

This time: some multi-party examples.

Podcast Recommendation

Arend Lijphart on the “Peaceful Political Revolution in America” podcast.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 1

Counting is not necessarily as straightforward as it may seem.

A Republic, not a Constitutional Monarchy

Barbados provides an illustration of a frequently misunderstood concept.

Canada and Single-Seat Plurality Elections

Canada has more parties than the US, but still suffers representation problems due to FPTP elections.

“A Republic, not a Democracy” Redux

The Strzok hearing provides a return to this timeworn favorite.

Madison’s Defintion(s) of Republic

More on the whole “republic not a democracy” discussion.