45-213 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Buzz Hargrove, Plurality Voting System, Big Tent

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Key Terms
Minority vs majority government
Strategic voting
Maximize utility
Incentives
Materialist vs post materialist
Protective environmentalism
Recuperative environmentalism
Politics of Dissatisfaction
Valence of Issues
Wasted vote phenomenon
Leap Manifesto
Canadas Systemic Distortions:
Single Member Plurality: just has to receive the most votes
First Past the Post: First one past the finish line, first person to get the most votes.
What are the effects of a system like this:
Small parties do poorly
Favors brokerage parties: big tent party’s that can produce enough interest together
Regional bloc emerges
Confidence of the house:
Expenditure, bills, economics, budgets are known as confidence of the house.
Minorities Pros and Cons:
Pros
Minority may restrain
Encourages debate
Empowers Mps
Govt must build support
Accountability
More responsive
May be good for small parties
Cons
Too much power in small parties
Govt may lose focus
Fiscal mismanagement
Who’s likely to support a minority government:
Non-religious
Union household
NDP voters
Who’s not likely to support a minority:
Voters whose property is economy
Lower tax supports
Conservative
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