two-party system

two-party system

[too-pahr-tee]
noun Government.
a political system consisting chiefly of two major parties, more or less equal in strength.

Origin:
1900–05

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two-party system
 
n
a condition or system in which two major parties dominate a political unit

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two-party system

political system in which the electorate gives its votes largely to only two major parties and in which one or the other party can win a majority in the legislature. The United States is the classic example of a nation with a two-party system. The contrasts between two-party and multiparty systems are often exaggerated. Within each major party in the United States, the Republicans and the Democrats, many factions are struggling for power. The presence of divergent interests under a single party canopy masks a process of struggle and compromise that under a multiparty system is out in the open

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