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The United States of America: Perpetual Campaigning in the Absence of Competition

Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan and Jennifer van Heerde

in The Politics of Electoral Systems

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199257560
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257566.003.0009
 The United States of America: Perpetual Campaigning in the Absence of Competition

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Although the USA uses the single-member plurality system, its elections look very different to the UK and most other countries. This is partly due to the very decentralized federal nature of elections, and the importance of the presidency and the system of candidate primaries. The extensive legal regulation of elections, primaries, and the highly restricted ballot access combine with SMP to produce a two-party system. There appears to be little prospect of a fundamental reform of the electoral system at federal level.

Keywords: primary elections; ballot access; redistricting; legal regulation; presidential elections

Chapter.  9261 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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