Discussion Questions - Adolino and Blake

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For several political dynamics (e.g. party systems, electoral systems, executive-legislative relations, intergovernmental relations), Adolino and Blake write about the different systems that have developed in industrialized countries.

  • Two-party vs. Multiparty
  • Single Member District Plurality (SMDP) vs. Proportional Representation
  • Presidential vs. Parliamentary
  • Unitary vs. Federal

Choosing one or more of the pairings above, what are some of the pros and cons of each system? Which do you think is better (based on whatever criteria you choose)? If it's not already present in the U.S., is reform possible? Why or why not?

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