Originally posted by mtthwThats interesting. I hadn't thought of that.
If you did have one large party like that, it seems to me that the internal tensions within the party would be very large. Any political party is going to contain differences, and it's often pragmatic reasons that keep them together. With no credible opposition, I think many parties would split of their own accord.
Originally posted by twhiteheadIdeally, for the sake of "absolute power" there should only be one party without dissent. However, for the sake of the appearance of choice we have a two party system in the US.
I know next to nothing about political systems.
It seems to me that most countries have a multi-party system and that they have two large parties that occasionally swop power.
Does the multiparty system somehow encourage the second biggest party to grow?
Why is there rarely a party that can satisfy say 90% of the voters?
In other words is there some w ...[text shortened]... cky, and is it partly because people naturally dislike the ruling party more than the runner up?