- Dec 2011
This seems to be the scenario that Tara Ross, whom I mentioned earlier, alluded to.The key factor to determine how an electoral system works is in which percentage it's majoritarian.
In a pure majoritarian system you can see 20 candidates taking part to the election, but only the one who will get a vote more will win. So that, in a country with a divided electorate, the introduction of a pure majoritarian system could generate an odd result ... the first time.
Ok, let's see:
Italy. I would say that our electorate could be able to organize [at least!] 7 decent parties.
The day of the general elections comes.
Party1 = 10%
Party4 obtains the majority of the seats and the government.
Evidently this wouldn't be that fair, but the consequences would be positive: the second time several similar parties will merge into wider parties to win ... [Party2 + Party3 = 30%].
Unfortunately [in my questionable opinion] in this country the choice has been the one to make "coalitions" run [so 4 or more little parties take part together to the elections].
This is great about the principle of representation, but not that great regarding how a coalition government usually works ... [and for how much time it usually lasts ...].
The EC seems to limit the political fracturing that can be found in many other systems especially with plurality minimums.