The Struc­tu­re of the Ame­ri­can Poli­ti­cal Sys­tem in Regard to Elections

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%.