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    Alan E. Dunne
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    Relevant to FVC arguments lately, particularly the Fair Vote Ontario campaign.

    A post by the widely read American Economist Tyler Cowen on the blog Marginal Revolution:

    Tyler Cowen “Why current American politics is less screwed up than you think” Marginal Revolution July 24, 2021 at 2:56 a.m. in Current Affairs, Political Science  https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2021/07/why-current-american-politics-is-less-screwed-up-than-you-think.html

    argues that consensual politics  where no one wants to speak too harshly of a potential coalition partner (now that all coalitions are possible) is failing Germany and that he prefers the polarized, insult-full, politics that have brought the United States its:

    1. excellent primary education
    2. excellent infrastructure
    3. being with or ahead of the curve on tech
    4. willingnness to spend money to hep its allies and never asking them for help
    5. freedom from Russian influence
    6. embrace of nuclear power
    7. always brilliant response to floods and other disasters, and,
    8. swift and efficient rollout of vaccines against Covid-19

    see also

    Jan-Erik Lane and Svante Errson “French Politics: The Virtues of Majoritarian Democracy” French Politics 1(2003): 119-134

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/palgrave.fp.8200013

    arguing that the majoritarian system of the French Fifth Republic works well, and better than the proportional systems of the Fourth Republic

    and

    Matteo Migheli and Guido Ortana “Plurality, Proportionality, Governability and Factions” Representation: Journal of Representative Democracy 47(2011)/1 :99-113

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00344893.2011.550508

    for an argument, supported by a study of Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands, that majoritarian systems would be more efficient if majority parties weren’t divided into factions.

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