Proposed Constitutional Election Amendment
tushnet at LAW.GEORGETOWN.EDU
Tue Jan 30 09:27:10 PST 2001
Some of the comments on Bryan Wildenthal's proposal speculate about the
implications of a run-off system for third parties and for the major
parties. Couldn't the political scientists on the list inform us about
what's known about the impact of run-off systems on party systems?
Bryan mentioned the French experience, but (I think) there are run-off
systems in some U.S. states (aren't there?) and in other countries. My
guess is that seat-of-the-pants speculation (or even rational-choice
modeling) is likely to be less helpful than real-world evidence, which I
take it exists.
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