TCS Daily – Two Parties, Like it or Not
My latest for TCS Daily, “Two Parties, Like it or Not,” is up. The thesis:
It is no accident that our Republic has had a two party system in place in virtually every election cycle since the founding and that the Democrats and Republicans have taken turns governing since 1860. The Constitution all but assures that our politics will be dominated by exactly two parties and politics helps ensure that the current two parties will be the two parties of the future.
Much more at the link. Discuss there and/or here but, please, read it before so doing.
UPDATE: Steven Taylor and Matthew Shugart, political scientists who study elections for a living, have some interesting insights into the issue. Shugart notes that the institutional dynamics that I cite for the US have not held for other cases.