The Right Coast

October 03, 2005
The American Model
By Mike Rappaport

MIchael Greve has a good piece criticizing the effort by US advisers and other international law types to promote proportional representation rather than the US style of government organization. He writes:

Proportional representation--PR--is said to be more democratic, inclusive and respectful of minorities than British-American winner-take-all, first-past-the-post elections. Unfortunately, it does nothing to foster clear majorities capable of effective government.
The US has been more successful than other democracies and people ought to give more credit to that success when evaluating government forms. Unfortunately, they often do not. It is my understanding that the State Department regularly supports parliamentary government with proportional representation rather than our system. Sad, but not surprising.