Which Is Better: 2 Party Congress or Multi-Party Parliament?

The frustrating stalemate between Democrats and Republicans in Congress since 2011, with so little accomplished since then, has led me to think that maybe Parliamentary systems are better, because the coalition in the majority would not dare shut down the government and refuse to pay the nation's bills and endanger the country's credit rating. This … Continue reading Which Is Better: 2 Party Congress or Multi-Party Parliament?

Holding Coalitions Together is Key to Victory

Successful political parties are coalitions of interest groups. One way to predict how long a political party can sustain itself in office is to look at the health of its coalitions. The Reagan-Bush coalition lasted 12 years, from 1980 to 1992 -- then conservatives in 1992, led by Pat Buchanan, despaired over George H.W. Bush's … Continue reading Holding Coalitions Together is Key to Victory