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The Politics of Electoral Systems$
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Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199257566.001.0001

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The United States of America: Perpetual Campaigning in the Absence of Competition

The United States of America: Perpetual Campaigning in the Absence of Competition

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(p.185) 9 The United States of America: Perpetual Campaigning in the Absence of Competition
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The Politics of Electoral Systems
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Shaun Bowler (Contributor Webpage)

Todd Donovan (Contributor Webpage)

Jennifer van Heerde

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199257566.003.0009

Although the USA uses the single-member plurality system, its elections look very different to the UK and most other countries. This is partly due to the very decentralized federal nature of elections, and the importance of the presidency and the system of candidate primaries. The extensive legal regulation of elections, primaries, and the highly restricted ballot access combine with SMP to produce a two-party system. There appears to be little prospect of a fundamental reform of the electoral system at federal level.

Keywords:   primary elections, ballot access, redistricting, legal regulation, presidential elections

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