Poli Sci 2300 - Electoral Parties/Voting in the Developing World
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Electoral Parties and Voting in the Developing World
Why bother to vote?
•Grants legitimacy to a government – can say they have the peoples’ support
•Empowers the government
•Elections and voting express the will of the people – in authoritatian governments
elections are a charade (ex. Saddam INSANE)
Why do people vote the way they do?
•Social, economic, religious values
•Strategy voting –
•Elections are a means by which the government is used to impose their will upon
What determines an election being free and fair?
•Independence of the electoral commission – not associated with any particular
group or position
•Non-partisanship – no ideology, doesn’t care who wins the election. As long as
everyone has an equal chance
•Professionalism of the agencies involved –
•Integrity of the process –
•Developed the proportional representation form of electoral process – a way of
accommodating minority groups
•Democratic centralization principle
•Mass line principle?
•First past the post system – take place over the period of 2-3 weeks