Problem Solving Votes. By George Tsebelis

George Tsebelis is the Anatol Rapoport  Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan.

The original article “ΨΗΦΟΙ ΠΟΥ ΛΥΝΟΥΝ ΠΡΟΒΛΗΜΑΤΑ,” appreared in the Greek edition of kathimerini.gr on June 3, 2012.

If a voter votes prospectively he should not only understand which party is closer to him, but should vote strategically, to contribute to the creation of the government he prefers. In Greece, this means that a voter should take into account 1. The electoral system which produces two major results: a. it gives a 50 seat bonus (out of 300) to the first party; and b. has a 3% threshold (parties below do not get represented). This system makes impossible government formation without the largest party. 2. The coalition perspectives  of different parties, and in this respect (given that the Communist party does not want to participate in government with SYRIZA even if it is the first party) the perspectives of the latter are seriously harmed.

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