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fairly respectabledont count on the accuracy of the in-text documentation This papers so good you should put it on the web so everybody can see it Although citizens of the United States have the opportunity to vote for many different offices at the national state and local levels the election of the president of the United States every four years is the focal point of the American political process The American political system has maintained a two-party system since its inception Political scientists argue that a two-party system is the most stable and efficient means of running a democratic nation as a mono-party system leads toward tyranny and a multi-party system creates over-diversification and gridlock Mazmanian 6 The Constitution of the United States does not in any way limit the structure of the political system to two parties In fact there has been no presidential election where there were only two candidates however third-party candidates are rarely represented in a majority of the states and those that were on the ballot in a majority of states have never been successful However on a few occasions third party candidates have been able to make a significant impact on the presidential election process such as George Wallace in 1968 and H Ross Perot in 1992 Through nineteenth century there was little deviation from the traditional two- party system Until then political candidates were utterly dependant upon the political infrastructure of an established party for their campaigns Until the development of mass media technologies including radio and television political candidates had no direct means of communicating with the public and were thus dependant on the communications systems of the major parties Thus third party movements lacked the capabilities to run an effective campaign against the major parties However mass media has changed the scope of the election process and brought about the demise of the major political parties Robinson 147 Candidates who run a television dominated
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