Britain and France - Political Comparison Comparison Essay by Neatwriter

Britain and France - Political Comparison
A comparison of Britain's and France's different political systems.
# 60579 | 1,874 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2005 in International Relations (Non-U.S.) , Political Science (Non-U.S.)

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This paper discusses the two-party system of Britain and the multi-party system of France. The paper discusses the various advantages of the two political systems and questions whether they are suitable for their respective countries. The writer explains that in recent years many British citizens have called for a new system--the multi-party system-arguing that the two-party system produces stable governments, rather than stable democracy - and the latter is more desirable.

Britain's Two-Party System
France's Multi-Party System
Will Britain Transition to a Multi-Party System?

From the Paper:

"Many democracies in Europe have traditionally aligned themselves on the left-right axes (Katz and Mair, 1995). The main difference is the amount of government involvement they advocate. Left-wing parties usually promote more government involvement to overcome the market failures and provide social service. Right-wing parties promote more free market oriented politics of free enterprise.

In competitive systems, there is a sharp distinction between two-party systems, which often promote a party strategy of moderation and compromise intended to win a majority vote, and multiparty systems, where there is less compromise and in which a party's strategic plan places a strong emphasis on maintaining the support of its primary voters (Katz, 1981). However, generally speaking, the structure and behavior of a specific country's political parties is strongly dependent on the country's political and cultural history."

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