The political party system dating

This was true during the Conservatives domination of Britain in the 1980’s.

The two-party system presents the voter with a simple choice and it is believed that the system promotes political moderation as the incumbent party must be able to appeal to the ‘floating voters’ within that country.Those who do not support the system claim that it leads to unnecessary policy reversals if a party loses a election as the newly elected government seeks to impose its ‘mark’ on the country that has just elected it to power.America has the most obvious two-party political system with the Republicans and Democrats dominating the political scene.For the system to work, one of the parties must obtain a sufficient working majority after an election and it must be in a position to be able to govern without the support from the other party. The victory of George W Bush in the November 2000 election, fulfils this aspect of the definition.In theory, the Labour Party, regardless of its current parliamentary majority, could lose the next general election in Britain in 2006.

Even its current majority of 167 cannot guarantee electoral victory in the future.Also many policy decisions take into account all views and interests.In Italy, coalition governments have not been a success; many have lasted less than one year.Within Westminster, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats provide a healthy political rivalry.Sartori defines a multi-party system as one where no party can guarantee an absolute majority.This was the case under the Conservative governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major.