Winner-takes-all electoral systems

The Spanish electoral system means that the two major parties are usually obliged to seek a deal with parties that, with varying degrees of ferocity, reject the 1978 constitutional settlement. Although Martí Saballs and his commenters clearly know little about the British system, the idea of seeking stability by implementing a territorially-based first-past-the-post system and/or a minimum threshold is frequently discussed. While the immediate benefits of systemic political change are obvious (I’m not talking about the PP absolute majority Martí projects with his system), it seems to me fairly obvious that it would exacerbate rather than mitigate ethnic atavism, which I think can be stamped out more effectively through social action.

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