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Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America

Lee Drutman


This book argues that the United States now has, for the first time in American history, a genuine two-party system, with two fully-sorted, truly national parties, divided over the character of the nation. And it is a disaster. It is a party system fundamentally at odds with our anti-majoritarian, compromise-oriented governing institutions. It threatens the very foundations of fairness and shared values on which democracy in the United States depends. The book tells the story of how American politics became so toxic and why the country is now trapped in a doom loop of escalating two-party warf ... More

Keywords: two-party system, national parties, electoral reform, democracy, Democrats, Republicans, United States, two parties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190913854
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190913854.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lee Drutman, author
Senior Fellow, New America Foundation