Third Parties & The Responsible Party Model (Responsible Party Model…
Third Parties & The Responsible Party Model
Responsible Party Model
But in the end, it's too simplistic and that there are tonnes of variations of politicians! We want to allow politicians to vote for what they think is best for the government.
Cons: Parties are too decentralised. No legal mechanisms to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to do. Voting against your party happens
Pros: Things would get done and less gridlock! Voters would know who is to blame for the failing government.
Majority party must accept responsibility for their performance in government
Majority party should implements its agenda; minority should state its goals then wait and win the next time!
Candidates should stick to their own parties
Distinct, comprehensive policy platform
Lots of Parties?!
America's Winner-Takes-All with the two party system
is simple as you win and you can make laws, if you lose, you can't at all!
If the old coalition breaks, we are going to need another election to create another coalition of parties to run our government. It's just really unstable!
If we had powerful third parties, then we would need a
to get anything done and passed in the government.
It means we have to have a lot of agreement on various topic matters
It means more political views to identify with and more representation for people who don't identify with the majority parties at the time.
Sometimes though, they can hold a lot more power than we bargain for!
They never win but why do they matter!?
They can alter election outcomes if people actually had voted for them!
Their ideas often outlasts the party themselves and sometimes will be adopted by the major parties.
Types Of Third Parties
Personality Parties - Formed because some person just wants to run - hoping to appeal to voters who are just unhappy with the status quo
John Anderson in 1980 or Ross Perot in 1992 & 1996
Splinter Parties - Created when a major party candidate fails to win and decides to run anyways, with a party that forms around him.
The Progressive ( "Bull Moose" ) party in 1912 for Theodore Roosevelt or American Independents n 1986 for G. Wallace
Cause Parties - Exists to champion one particular issue, or an "EXTREME" ideology
The Green Party or the Socialist Party USA
Rarely win elections especially the presidential ones!
Sprouted up several times in U.S. History