The Struc­ture of the Ame­ri­can Politi­cal Sys­tem in Regard to Elec­tions

CHICAGO 1 02 1998 Streifinger

In the Ger­man Basic Law there is the 5% hurdle which a party has to reach before it can enter into the Bun­des­tag.  A main rea­son for this was the com­po­si­tion of par­lia­ments of the Wei­mar Repu­blic which were splin­te­red into mul­ti­ple tiny par­ties.

In the Ame­ri­can sys­tem it is as if the hurdle for entry to Con­gress has been rai­sed to 51%.