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Example US Politics Essay: discuss the view that third parties have no impact on US politics

Ruth Tarrant

18th May 2016

US politics remains dominated by two big parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, initially suggesting that third parties have no role to play in this two-party system. However, whilst third parties rarely meet with electoral success (and certainly not in Presidential elections!) they do have an important role in raising key issues onto the political agenda, and acting as “spoilers” by influencing voting patterns. Third parties also play a vital role as scrutineers of government and party policies, effectively keeping the major parties “honest”. A good analogy is to think of the Democrats and the GOP as the leading actors in a blockbuster movie, with the third parties playing the supporting roles.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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