Month: May 2008

Political Economy Of American Colacracy

By Saswat Pattanayak The high moral ground for American democracy rests on the presumptions of healthy, competitive and fair elections. And holding these traits to be self-evident, the elections are held with utmost pomp and show. The grandeurs associated with US polls are unparalleled and are generally considered as reaffirming symbols of multiparty viabilities in the world. Countries that do not boast of a multi-party system are considered to be autocratic, and consequently despotic. Whether or not it is important to analyze the rationale behind such a forgone conclusion where fairness is associated with competitive party system is a separate matter. Considering the timeliness of the upcoming polls, it will be prudent to conduct a reality check on the core features that sustain electoral system of American democracy itself. The Election Farce: Some people say we need a third party. I wish we had a second one – Jim Hightower, national radio commentator America does not need two Republican Parties – John Kerry, former Presidential nominee for the Democratic Party What Hightower and Kerry are …