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Which electoral system, the USA or the UK more effectively allows the views of the people to be promoted?

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Which electoral system, the USA or the UK more effectively allows the views of the people to be promoted In American and in Britain the electoral systems have both seen change, even though Britains system has developed over a much longer period than that of its American counterpart. Both systems have seen the working class and women strive to get the vote and Americas system has seen, famously the fight of Negro's to achieve the right to vote. In the present day it is fair to say that both countries offer a system which is fair to all people regardless of race, social background or sex. In America the contest for President is a long and very complex process. In Britain this is not the case with the Prime Minister, the system being much "quicker" and "simpler". Presidential primaries are the first form of public involvement in America, with each party's candidate for president being chosen. This process alone takes months, with state primaries followed by the party conference and finally the presidential election. ...read more.

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This has had the effect that the people running both the countries haven't been given a mandate to do so by less than half the eligible population. In America although there are more elections which allow peoples views to be promoted because of the volume of these elections the population has become bored and has started to be turned away. In Britain there are far fewer chances for the electorate to influence the running of their country and therefore more people, at present are taking the opportunity to express their views. The two systems used in both countries to elect their leaders have been in place for relatively long periods of time, however for an equally long period many critics have questioned whether or not they are representative of how the electorate votes. The recent elections of George W. Bush and Tony Blair's Labour Party have highlighted this problem. In the last American presidential election Al Gore received more votes than the Bush but because of the Electoral College system Bush came out the President. ...read more.

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America and Britain's systems both offer the people the chance to express their views. Hypothetically America's system is much more geared for the people, in terms of allowing them to choose not only individual senators and house representatives, but also presidential candidates, and eventually the president. The increasing amounts of political apathy, and the Electoral College mean that the system is not truly representative and a democratic deficit occurs. In Britain the population is given fewer opportunities to express itself, and when it does, because of the system its opinions are not fully represented in the House of Commons. In conclusion Americas system more effectively allows its peoples views to be promoted if all of the eligible population takes the opportunity, in the UK the system will always produce a democratic deficit. Alan Bottomley LUSC - Chiltern branch ?? ?? ?? ?? Alan Bottomley - LUFC - Alan Smith - England's No.9. Paul Robinson - England's No.1. Danny Mills - England's No.2. Jonathon Woodgate - England's No.5. Lee Bowyer - England's No.11. ...read more.

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