The Two-Party System

In which type of electoral system do voters select the party of their choice rather than an individual candidate?

  1. proportional representation
  2. first-past-the-post
  3. plurality voting
  4. majoritarian voting



Which of the following does not represent a major contributing factor in party realignment?

  1. demographic shifts
  2. changes in key issues
  3. changes in party strategies
  4. third parties

What impact, if any, do third parties typically have on U.S. elections?


Third parties bring important issues to the attention of the major parties. They also often serve as spoilers in the elections they enter.

In what ways do political parties collude with state and local government to prevent the rise of new parties?